An iconic Friargate pub is to reopen its doors as a new landlord has taken it over.Advertisement
The Dog and Partridge Pub closed on New Years Eve after previous tenants failed to make profit.
New landlord, Paul Whitham, plans to reopen the pub as a rock bar on Wednesday (10 January).
Paul has vast experience in the business, already owning two other rock bars including Empire Rochdale and the Fox and Goose in Southport.
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He decided to take over the Dog and Partridge after it was brought to his attention, and was handed the keys last week.
Paul Whitham, 43, Rochdale, said: “We saw the pub was closing down and we just had to take it over.
“The pub will reopen on Wednesday 10 January around midday.
“I will definitely be opening it as a rock bar.
“There will be a few of my staff joining me, but eventually I want to employ local people.
“Eventually I would like to refurbish it, but right now it needs nothing doing to it – we walked in and it was immaculate.”
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The Dog and Partridge is owned by Punch Pub, and Paul plans to keep it open under the same name.
Paul and his team are keen to address the feedback made by Prestonians regarding the pub and its closure, and to fix them.
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