A pub in a Fylde village has been closed for refurbishment.Advertisement
Dating back to the 16th century the Eagle and Child at Weeton is seeing £750,000 spent.
Ross Robinson who operates The Queens Hotel at Lytham and the Ship at Freckleton is working with Star Pubs and Bars on the work.
The pub is being re-done during the two month revamp and is going to include a village shop as well as having a big food focus.
Ross and his team have taken on the lease at The Eage full-time now after running the pub for the last 11 months.
A further 25 jobs are due to be created due to the expansion of the pub which sees a complete overhaul to the interior and exterior of the pub at Singleton Road.
Ross said: “We could immediately see the raw potential of The Eagle and Child.
“It was a sleeping giant which at one time had a reputation as a phenomenal food pub which we want to regain.
“Sadly, it had become run down in recent times. We’ve been delighted by the response from locals to the changes we have introduced already, but that is nothing compared to the improved experience we’ll be able to offer customers once the refurbishment is complete. We would like to become a real resource for the community, somewhere everyone can feel welcome, from cyclists and dog lovers to people wanting a drink with their friends and families wanting a Sunday roast.”
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The pub, which dates back to 1585 on the site and was part of Lord Derby’s estate, is due to reopen in mid-May.
Regional operations director of Star Pubs and Bars said: “Ross and his partners have done a fantastic job at The Queen’s Hotel, which recently won a Star Award for Most Innovative pub in the North West, a Lytham in Bloom award and is highly rated on Facebook and Trip Advisor.
“Now with the help of this massive investment, they’ll be able to do the same with The Eagle at Weeton, which is well placed to capitalise on the major housing developments happening in the Fylde area. With Ross and his team at the helm, Weeton will have a fantastic village pub and resource the whole community can use.”
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