A popular local publican and his wife have pulled their last pint and served their last meal after working in the licensing and retail trade around the area for over forty years.
Arthur Woodhouse along with his wife Phyl, celebrated with a farewell party alongside regulars, friends and family at the White Horse in Bempton after jointly running the pub for three years.
Before taking over the White Horse Arthur and Phyl were the hospitality managers at Flamborough Head Golf Club. Previous to that they owned Ye Olde Tuck Shop and newsagents in the village.
Said Arthur: “Sadly after three years Phyl and myself are leaving the White Horse, our great friends and partners Andrew and Steph, are continuing for at least another three years. We would just like to thank everyone for their support and friendship for making us welcome. We have met customers who have become friends, and found a great mate in our Chef Steve ‘Dicko’ Dixon.”
“We had an amazing night and would like to say a huge thank-you to all that came along,” added Arthur.
The pub will now be run by Andrew and Stephanie Artley, along with head Chef Steve Dixon.
Andrew said: “Just over 3 years ago we came up with the crazy idea of running the White Horse, and managed to convince my wife Steph, along with Phyl and Arthur Woodhouse that we could do it. The experience we have shared over the last 3 years has been amazing. We’ve built a successful business and made so many new friends amongst our wonderful customers, and brilliant staff. We can’t thank Phyl and Arthur enough for all they’ve done and we’ll miss them more than words can say.”
“Going forward without them feels very strange, but we hope we can carry on our success, with the continued support of chef Steve, our fabulous staff and our great customers, both old and new. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far.”
Pictured: Fond farewell: From left, Arthur and Phyl Woodhouse, with Chef Steve Dixon, and Steph and Andrew Artley at the White Horse, Bempton.