Yorkshire operator takes on The Reliance in Leeds

One of Leeds’ oldest pubs has been acquired in a six figure deal by John Quinlan.

One of Leeds’ oldest pubs has been acquired in a six figure deal by John Quinlan, the owner operator of Harrogate's Three’s A Crowd.

The Reliance, a Leeds institution, willl be Quinlan's second location and his first outside of his north Yorkshire hometown. 

It will reopen in February following further investment into its refurbishment. All 20 of The Reliance’s staff will be employed by the new owners and 10 new jobs will be created. 

With a background in fine dining, Quinlan says he is passionate about serving amazing food using modern techniques and delivering first class service to guests. 

“It’s a huge honour to play a role in The Reliance's significant story," he says. "The pub is more than just a venue, it’s an institution which I’m committed to upholding and keeping alive as we breathe new life into it. To commemorate this new chapter, Three’s A Crowd will continue to serve The Reliance’s bitter to customers old and new. 

“Three’s A Crowd has gone from strength to strength since 2019 as we carved out our own cult following in Harrogate. It's is a place where anyone can come and feel relaxed and welcome. I’m delighted to be investing in and expanding the brand into Leeds so our unique offering can be experienced in the city." 

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