James packing a punch at Earby pub

James McDowell who has taken over the Punch Bowl at Earby.
James McDowell who has taken over the Punch Bowl at Earby.
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A head chef has returned to the Earby pub he worked at previously, but this time as landlord.

James McDowell grew up in West Craven and has returned home to his roots to take over the reigns at the Punch Bowl where he says he always wanted to be landlord.

The 32-year-old spent two years at the Skipton Road pub as head chef before moving to the Manchester area where he worked in restaurants and also had his own sandwich bar and café in Prestwich.

James has been in the business since the age of 15 and is hoping his experience can cook up a successful venture.

James said: “I decided to go for it quite late actually but I rang them up and here we are.

“When people knew I was coming back, they have come back, and I’ve got the support of my partner and my mum and dad here.

“It was my dream to have the pub. My grandad had the Conservative Club for seven years and the Brass Band Club.

“I’m a James Kevin. Whoever built the Punch Bowl must have been a J.K. because if you look above the old side door, the initials are there. I always wanted to come here. I’m a J.K. like my dad and my grandad.

“It’s all changed. We’ve decorated everywhere, we have a new menu, and there is new furniture on the way. I want to go for pub awards.”