Wakefield Express pub of the week - The Old Print Works

Eric Nutter and Clare Loomans in The Old Print Works.
Eric Nutter and Clare Loomans in The Old Print Works.

A pub does not need to be open for years to become a good one: that comes with intention.

And at The Old Print Works in Westgate they have it in spades.

The pub opened 16 months ago and has become one of the city’s most popular venues.

Many will remember the building as home to the Wakefield Printing Company, owned by Lindleys during the 1990s.

It was sold and became an Indian restaurant, before being converted into a warm, friendly real ale bar in 2013.

Inside, punters are taken on a trip down memory lane as black and white photographs of the former printing company decorate the walls.

Old pictures of the workforce and printing machines sit pride of place in the pub as a quirky reminder of the building’s history.

Landlord Eric Nutter said: “My friend had old cuttings of the company from some newspapers so we blew them up and framed them.

“The pictures give the place that extra bit of character.”

The pub has an authentic juke box playing popular motown and soul songs.

And along with a modern interior and sports on the television, it provides a welcoming hybrid for young and old.

The pub has an array of real ales from around the country, sells a variety of lagers and has live music once a week.

Behind the bar is Mr Nutter, who has spent most his life in pub industry.

His first job was at The Mitre, close to the Express’s old Southgate office, which was owned by his dad Jim during the 1970s.

Mr Nutter, 57, now owns The Elephant and Castle in Westgate and The Graziers Inn in Stanley.

He said: “Real ale is a passion of mine. It is popular with people from 18 to 80. We get a variety of people coming in.

“That is what I enjoy most. Meeting different people as you never know who is going to come through the door.”

The Wakefield Express would like you to tell us which pubs we should be focussing on.

They can be big or small pubs or clubs like The Six Chimneys on Kirkgate or The Red Shed on nearby Vicarage Street.

Or they can be city or country hostelries like The Hop on Bank Street or The Reindeer at Overton. They can be old like The Black Rock or new like The Robin Hood at Altofts.

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