Landlord-turned-councillor puts Harrogate pub on market
Last updated Jan 16, 2024
Councillor Mike Schofield behind the bar in The Shepherd's Dog

The Shepherd’s Dog pub on Otley Road in Harrogate has been put up for sale.

Michael Schofield has been the pub landlord since 2013. As a key member of the Harlow Hill community, he embarked on a political career as a councillor two years ago.

He was elected to represent Harlow Hill and St Georges for the Liberal Democrats in May 2022 and became an independent a year later.

Cllr Schofield said:

“We have been here 11 years and I feel I wish to work even more closely with groups and residents in my role as councillor.

“Having returned the pub to near pre-pandemic numbers we feel that the time is now right for someone else to take on the mantel of ‘Custodian of The Shepherd’s Dog’.

“We have had 11 fantastic years here forging new friendships and seeing our children grow up in this fantastic environment.

“We are not in a rush to sell. Sometimes you have to test the market.”

Cllr Schofield has run the pub since February 2013 alongside his wife Donna and their two children.

The pub has been a community hub for years and the family even ran a fruit and veg shop throughout the covid pandemic.

In a previous interview with The Stray Ferret, he said:

“Nothing is stronger than a good community and Harlow Hill is a special community close to my heart.”

The pub is listed for an asking price of £89,995 by business advisors Hilton Smythe, with a £332,000 turnover.

Hilton Smythe says it has “an excellent reputation and regular customer base”, adding:

“As seen by the online ratings and reviews, the business is extremely popular and highly rated within the community.

“Very rarely do pubs of this size come onto the market in this area and we therefore recommend early enquiry to avoid disappointment.”

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