New manager for The Emporium

The Emporium's new manager Thomas Leonard.
The Emporium's new manager Thomas Leonard.
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Popular local cafe, bar and brasserie, The Emporium in Clitheroe, has a new manager.

Thomas Leonard has joined the business as only its fourth manager in 21 years from managing two hospitality sites in Manchester Airport’s Terminal 3. Prior to that he managed a champagne and cocktail bar in Manchester city centre.

Thomas said: “The Emporium is at the heart of Clitheroe’s outstanding food and drink offering and has been here longer than any other. Everyone around has a story to tell about this place and what it means to them, I love being a part of that as well as having my own influence on the story of The Emporium.

“I’m keenly aware that service is the most important part of the hospitality trade. It’s what brings people back time and time again. We want to make our guests feel happy, relaxed and comfortable while at The Emporium, and it all starts with our staff.

“We aim to bring the current revolutions and trends that are going on in the hospitality industry to The Emporium, while still being able to offer our guests what they have loved for the last 21 years.”

Thomas may already be familiar to some regular customers when he helped out at The Emporium earlier in the year.

He said: “What drew me back were the staff, front and back of house. Their passion for food really does stand out amongst the places I have worked and visited.”

The Emporium has an updated menu due out in August and a new feature, a cocktail menu, coming soon for summer.

Thomas said: “Alongside our most popular offerings we’re rolling out a new breakfast menu and earlier opening times, new healthy options at lunchtime for those trying to look after themselves along with some more indulgent offers.”

The Emporium is part of the James' Places portfolio of hotels, inns, interior design and hospitality businesses across the Ribble Valley and Yorkshire Dales sharing the same service values and ethos.