Leopard to re-open its doors

The Leopard pub, West Street, Doncaster
The Leopard pub, West Street, Doncaster

One of Doncaster’s best known pubs is to open its doors again months after it shut down – thanks to event bosses in the town.

Doncaster Conferencing, Catering and Events Ltd, who run the gigs, conferences and bars for Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust have signed a lease to reopen The Leopard on West Street which closed earlier this year, after decades as one of the borough’s highest profile venues for music.

Save Our Pubs campaign

Save Our Pubs campaign

The move comes weeks after The Doncaster Star revealed talks were taking place to discuss the move.

It was revealed as part of our Save Our Pubs campaign, and has been described as adding to its success.

Michael Hart, chief executive of Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, said: “We are delighted that the company who run the events at our venues has now signed the lease to reopen The Leopard pub.

“DCCE have a fantastic reputation for bringing great music to Doncaster over the years with acts from the Kaiser Chiefs and Kings of Leon to The Strokes and Travis.

“The Leopard had a great musical history and has played an important role in Doncaster for many years and we are keen to see DCCE build on this and bring the area back to life.

“As well as bringing big names to the borough, DCCE manage the bars at all of our events, manage our busy conference portfolio.”

Chris Hone, from DCCE said: “We are aware of The Star’s Save Our Pubs campaign and are pleased to be adding to its success by signing the lease on The Leopard.

“The Leopard is an established live music venue and pub which will be a great addition to the DCCE family.

“We are looking to work with all pubs in the West Street area to develop a plan which will attract more people to the area and help to grow the economy.

“While The Leopard was predominantly known for live music we intend to broaden the scope to offer comedy and cinema. We will also be looking for offer rehearsal space for local bands and groups.”

The Doncaster Star launched its Save Our Pubs campaign earlier this year because of concerns over the number of community pubs in the borough which have closed down.

We have been calling for a changes in the law to help pubs. Hundreds signed a petition we ran with CAMRA at the Doncaster Beer Festival this year, which was handed to business secretary Vince Cable by Doncaster MP Rosie Winterton, who is also backing us.

Following that move, the Government announced in the Queen’s Speech that it planned to bring in fair rent tribunals for landlords who felt they were being over charged by pub companies.

A number of Doncaster’s best known landmark pubs have closed in the last few years.

They include The Drum, in Bentley, The Park, in Belle Vue and The Moon at Carcroft.

Yesterday we revealed the Station Hotel in Bawtry is also under threat.

CAMRA is currently trying to get two pubs in the borough, The Corner Pin and the Little Plough, both in the town centre, listed as community assets, which would mean if plans were drawn up to change the use of the building, they would have to be informed and given the chance to put in a bid for the premises.