General Manager, Mike Gorvin explains just how rooted in the community the New Inn and football is. From Marcelo Bielsa, the Leeds manager walking through the pub’s car park every day, to how the regulars came to the pub to celebrate Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League.
He also touches on how Covid has affected the pub, like so many in the industry.
“Wetherby has a number of pubs, most of which date back 200 years when Wetherby was the mid-way coaching point between Edinburgh and London” said Mike Gorvin, General Manager of The New Inn in Wetherby. “Pubs are where people meet up. Like many market towns, the pub has always been the focal point of their social lives – they don’t only come to the pub to have a drink, they come to have a catch up with each other. It’s a very social environment. Sport is a huge focus in here, especially when there is a Leeds or England match. It really is the first port of call for our customers.”
Oliver Wood, a regular at The New Inn said; “As soon as Leeds were promoted, I was straight down to The New Inn. It’s always a good atmosphere and when Leeds are doing well, all the Leeds fans come to the pub and you start talking, start sharing stories. It’s a small community and when you’re not at the game, you come here and have a laugh with your mates. If there were no pubs, there would be no social interaction; it would be scary to be honest.”
The Pub: Football’s Home, was filmed post-lockdown and looks at the vital role the licensed trade plays in bringing together local communities and how live sport gives customers the perfect reason to meet up safely and responsibly with friends and family. The films meet the licensees, front of house staff and customers who come together every match day to enjoy sport.
To watch the last episode of The Pub: Football’s Home, please click here: https://youtu.be/fGiXMAdhmsU