A leading light of the Doncaster pub scene is back behind the bar at a village pub - for the third time.
Landlord Jim Davies, who has run a string of watering holes across the region, has returned to take over the running of Barnby Dun’s White Hart pub for the third time in his career.
And he is determined to turn around the establishment, which had been closed for six months before he took up his place behind the bar once again.
He said: “I’d been driving past it for months and it was such a shame to see it shut up. Villagers need a good local pub and I am determined to give them back what they have been missing.”
Jim, 67, a former president of the Doncaster Licensed Victuallers’ Association and also a former senior vice president of the national association, first took up residence at the Top Road pub in 1983, arriving shortly before the miners’ strike and staying there until 1995 before he moved on to take charge of the Old Bells at Campsall, also running The Styrrup at Rossington, the Wheatley Hotel and the Rockingham Arms during his career.
He was back at the Hart from 1998 for a couple of years before deciding to make it a hat-trick.
“Pubs can’t just survive on serving beer,” he said. “They need to diversify and offer other things like food.”
The bar is already delighting locals once more. “The response has been great,” he said.