Arthur was Holly’s Great Grandfather. You will find Holly behind the bar making her delicious ‘Cocktail Creations’ and serving wines, beers and spirits in the restaurant.
Arthur was born in bristol in 1896, the eldest of five children.
He moved to Bakewell as a young boy where his father ran the local grocery shop. The family lived above Ivy House, just past the church where Arthur was a choir boy.
Prior to the Great War Arthur worked in the Cotton Mills. Upon being called up he joined the millions of other young men who suffered the horrors of trench warfare. He lost his brother Jack, in Flanders and subsequently named his first born son (Holly’s Grandfather) after him.
Post war Arthur worked as a clerk in a Stock Brokers office in Royton, Lancashire. Then came the Great Depression and Arthur learned to walk rather than take the bus, bought a last to mend the family’s shoes and taught himself to grow vegetables in order to keep food on the table.
Having lost almost everything in the Great Crash, Arthur and his family, along with Great Aunt Alexandra (who loaned the money), moved to a tiny shop in the slums of Manchester.
The shop was a Newsagent and Tobacconist and was literally open all hours. Arthur and Edith took little time off and never together, but on a rare days holiday Arthur’s greatest joy was to take his boys to his favourite place…Bakewell…where he could reminisce about his childhood.
Over 100 years after Arthur left Bakewell, the family has returned to the town… and in recognition of Arthur’s great love of Bakewell we have put his name above the restaurant door.
We think he’d be pleased.