Jobs boost as Ye Old Shambles Tavern opens

York Press: The Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell, pours a bottle of Shambles Stumbler for proprietor Sue Woodward at the launch of Ye Old Shambles Tavern in Shambles, York The Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell, pours a bottle of Shambles Stumbler for proprietor Sue Woodward at the launch of Ye Old Shambles Tavern in Shambles, York

FIVE youngsters have found work after a York gift shop and café diversified into the real ale industry.

For the last five years Sue Woodward has ran a gift shop and café in Shambles, serving teas and coffees and selling trinkets to tourists.

In move aimed at making the business more sustainable Ms Woodward has developed Ye Old Shambles Tavern, serving and selling real ale alongside the previous offering.

To accommodate the business expansion, five new members of staff have been added to the family team.

Recruited through the Job Centre Plus on Stonebow, the new employees, all aged between 19 and 25, are learning new skills on the job, with three of the five young people participating in the 21st Century Retail And Tourism Ambassador pilot programme.

Ms Woodward said: “We felt that recently the experience of shopping in York was becoming just as important as the product we were looking to sell.

“We needed to offer more of a customer experience, and as we wanted to continue our ethos of using locally sourced products, we decided to go down the real ale concept.

“Alongside diversifying our product range, we are offering the services of a traditional real ale tavern well into the evening.

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“For this we have the council to thank, as they were very helpful throughout the process of us applying for our late licence.

“Now we can expand our hours, and as a result have expanded our team of staff. “When it came to doing that I went to the Job Centre to ask if they could help expand our family team.

“Thankfully our new staff are settling in well, and hopefully the training we are giving them will be able to increase their confidence and skill sets for any future career opportunities.”

Yesterday the Civic Party was on hand to officially open the new venture, which features its very own beer, Shambles Stumbler.

The Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell, said: “This is exactly the sort of activity we need to encourage within the York business community.

“Not only is Sue and her team benefitting the city from a tourism angle by offering a new and improved service to visitors, she is also investing in young people from York and giving them an opportunity to develop skills and competencies that will be useful throughout their careers.

“This is a great example of social responsibility that will hopefully encourage other businesses to do the same.”

Through teaming up with Yorkshire Ales, the tavern stocks 60 bottled beer varieties from 16 local micro-breweries, with Rudgate Brewery installing the first beer pumps in the shop.

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8:48am Sat 14 Dec 13

Fat Harry says...

If they're offering a customer experience it probably isn't the place for me.

And it's "has run", not "has ran". Basic grammar, Ms Knowlson.
If they're offering a customer experience it probably isn't the place for me. And it's "has run", not "has ran". Basic grammar, Ms Knowlson. Fat Harry
  • Score: -9

9:25am Sat 14 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

God free advert if nothing else.
God free advert if nothing else. smudge2
  • Score: 4

10:00am Sat 14 Dec 13

nearlyman says...

cafe culture or drunken rowdiness in the Shambles ?? Tourists will love it !
cafe culture or drunken rowdiness in the Shambles ?? Tourists will love it ! nearlyman
  • Score: -11

10:06am Sat 14 Dec 13

magicadey says...

drunken rowdiness? a cafe that sells some real ale? okaaay
drunken rowdiness? a cafe that sells some real ale? okaaay magicadey
  • Score: 17

11:07am Sat 14 Dec 13

Dave Ruddock says...

also the words used, it sounds like this ws written by the Job Centre. I hope this works, thou the concept is tears old, This was how taverns, Off Licenses tarted, so an old concept given new light.
also the words used, it sounds like this ws written by the Job Centre. I hope this works, thou the concept is tears old, This was how taverns, Off Licenses tarted, so an old concept given new light. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -4

12:34pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Bad magic says...

What does "ye" mean? For goodness sake, can't people get their heads around the fact that we used to have a single letter for "th" that looked vaguely like a y? Tacky touristy bullmanure.
What does "ye" mean? For goodness sake, can't people get their heads around the fact that we used to have a single letter for "th" that looked vaguely like a y? Tacky touristy bullmanure. Bad magic
  • Score: 4

1:15pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Good luck to 'em I say.
Good luck to 'em I say. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 14

3:40pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Terry3 says...

Nice concept, but more booze in a city apparently overrun with pubs and drunks?
Nice concept, but more booze in a city apparently overrun with pubs and drunks? Terry3
  • Score: -4

3:58pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mike.......durkin says...

good on then hope things go well.nice place to be we all looking forward to go to it...soo welll done
good on then hope things go well.nice place to be we all looking forward to go to it...soo welll done mike.......durkin
  • Score: 4

3:00pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

"Shambles Stumbler" eh? The complete opposite of "Kings Square Smooth" I imagine, which used to have a lot of character but is now rather flat. Stones used to make it.
"Shambles Stumbler" eh? The complete opposite of "Kings Square Smooth" I imagine, which used to have a lot of character but is now rather flat. Stones used to make it. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 2

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