Golf course ‘fixtures’ tee up for retirement

Barbara and Les Welford are hanging up their aprons at Rudding Parks The Halfway House bunker bar. (S)
Barbara and Les Welford are hanging up their aprons at Rudding Parks The Halfway House bunker bar. (S)

The owners of a refreshment trailer for golfers on Rudding Park’s course have reluctantly put it up for sale.

After building up a successful year-round business, Barbara and Les Welford have decided to retire from The Halfway House bunker bar.

“We’ve loved running this place, getting to know the regular golfers and looking out on the fabulous views across the golf course,” said Mrs Welford.

“But even though we work together and see plenty of each other we’d now like to spend more quality time as a couple enjoying the Yorkshire countryside.”

The van is open seven days a week and could get even busier when Rudding Park opens its new £9.5m spa in May.

Mrs Welford added: “It’s a thriving business and although we’ve chosen to close at 4pm each day, the golf course is busy into the evenings throughout the summer and the opportunity is there for someone new to extend the opening hours.”

The Halfway House is for sale with FSS for £40,000.