Meet Us

  • Sarah Barnes (SB)

Director/Co-Founder of Beerhouses

Sarah started working as a glass collector at the West Riding in 1994 when the pub opened and has done every job role in the West since. As we grew and one pub became more she, alongside Mike Field, formed beerhouses of which Sarah is a director. She likes nothing better than drinking tea, climbing mountains and growing her own food. Tea is her beverage of choice however she has been known to have the odd IPA or tequila every now and again.

Barry Shaw (Bazza)

Operations Manager

Barry has worked in the pub trade since childhood, if not before. Joining Beerhouses in 2014 as Operations Manager, a varied role which covers all sorts of stuff. Barry has no hobbies apart from saying No to things and drinking beer but he always adheres to the limits as advised by the chief medical officer. No pictures of him exist so we’ve had to use a screenshot of his appearance on BBC’s Look North.

Clare Cleverly (Kipper)

Office Manager

Clare runs the office here at Beerhouses and everything else head office related. She rejoined the company in 2014 having worked in the West Riding office previously. Kipper loves spending time with her family and is also a keen Huddersfield Town fan. Shy & retiring she likes nothing more than a game of Yahtzee with a relaxing glass of wine.


Joanne Gittins (Jo)

HR Specialist

Jo looks after everything HR related (and much more) for us at Beerhouses and has done for some time now. Calm, level-headed and is often a voice of reason when she’s not sat on the fence playing Devil’s Advocate. She tells us (often) that she once completed the London Marathon and is an actual non-drinker, only supping corporation pop. Many would say someone with a penchant for GDPR, likes jogging and only drinks water could be a little ‘dry’ but not us, our Jo is anything but.


Danny Munt 

Manager West Riding

Danny has been with Beerhouses for over 10 years in his two stints with us (we don’t talk about the two years when he left us..). He is skilled in all aspects of running a busy pub and loves to see the good folks of Dewsbury enjoying great beer. Coffee is his drink of choice but when he has time to let his hair down he does like a pint of session IPA (or alternatively a pint of Coors).

Carole Hemming

Kitchen Manager West Riding

Carole has been with Beerhouses for over 10 years, including 6 as the manager of the West Riding. She is passionate about great service and keeping the pub running as smoothly as possible. Good (expensive) coffee is her drink of choice, however on the odd occasion she can be persuaded to have a drink then she does like a nice cocktail.

John Fletcher

Manager Sportsman

John has over 10 years service with Beerhouses, the last 7+ as the manager of The Sportsman in Huddersfield. A purveyor of the finest products available, John has a passion for delighting his discerning customers and ensuring the very best of service is given. John loves a good cup of strong milky tea but on the occasions he allows himself a drink it will be a pint of cask or if feeling in need of a treat maybe a Belgian gueuze.

Phil Shaw & Lyndsey Walker

Co-managers Stalybridge Buffet Bar

Between Phil & Lyndsey there is over 20 years of service at the Buffet Bar. They are currently making sure the good ship buffet bar is sailing smoothly as co-managers. Phil likes pints of tea or strong posh coffees mostly but has been known to enjoy the odd strong Belgian ale (in moderation of course) whilst Lyndsey is a tea drinker at heart but on Friday nights sometimes becomes a bit of a vodka aficionado.

Jo Waude  

Manager Cricketers

Jo has been the manager of the Cricketers for over 5 years now and has over 8 years of beerhouses service in total. She prides herself in running a fantastic local real ale pub. She is very proud of winning back-to-back POTY awards from CAMRA as well as many other awards. A keen walker & cycler, Jo loves nothing more than finishing a day in the countryside with a well-deserved half of cask mild.


Lucy Fearnley – Assistant Manager / Cellar Manager West Riding & Relief Manager

Lucy is the assistant & cellar manager at the West but has also covered other pubs as a relief manager. With over 6 years of service under her belt she has a great understanding of the beers her customers want to drink and keeps them in tip-top condition, which, when she is a non-drinker herself (honestly, she is and this sort of ruins the meet the team gag) is quite a feat.

Amber Duffee – Manager County Beerhouse

Amber is the newest member of our management team after taking on the role of manager at our latest pub – The County. Having worked for Beerhouses for 5 years she has learnt her trade well. Amber doesn’t appear to drink anything in particular apart from having first try of cocktail of the week.