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Great Eccleston pub reopens after £120,000 revamp

Posted on - 4th September, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Inskip, Preston News, Pubs, Wyre News
The exterior of the White Bull following a £120,000 upgrade Pic: Bernard Platt
White Bull has reopened following a £120,000 upgrade Pic: Bernard Platt

The White Bull in Great Eccleston has reopened following an almost four-week closure and £120,000 upgrade by Heineken-owned Star Pubs and Bars.

The outside of the pub has been painted in black with a contrasting white bull and gold lettering. The seating area at the front of the pub has been smartened up with new tables, benches and umbrellas.

Inside, the White Bull has been given a top-to-toe makeover featuring rich dark colours, dimmable lighting, and hunting, shooting and fishing memorabilia.

Insidethe White Bull Pic: Bernard Platt
Memorabilia has been added to increase the character of the White Bull Pic: Bernard Platt

Changes to the pub also include adding more seating for casual dining and drinking, and a kitchen refit. It’s also benefited from complete rewiring and replumbing.

As well as the décor, licensees John Anthony and Mishi Serger have upgraded the White Bull’s food and drink offer.

Dishes like salt and pepper squid, crab cakes and halloumi fries have been added, as well as classics such as bangers and mash and a mixed grill. Food is available as small plates giving customers the option to mix and match favourites, tapas style.

The dog loving couple have also made a point of welcoming dogs to the pub and intend to introduce Sunday roasts for dogs in the autumn.

New drinks will include cocktails like strawberry daiquiri and mojito, plus new cask ales including the Welsh Butty Batch and premium draught products like Birra Moretti and Beavertown Neck Oil.

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For John and Mishi it is the realisation of their dream for the pub, which they took on almost three years ago. During that time, they have endeared themselves to the local community, breathing life back into the local and increasing trade fourfold.

Licensees John and Mishi holding a dog each outside the White Bull Pic: Bernard Platt
Dog lovers John and Mishi are planning a Sunday roast for canines Pic: Bernard Platt

John said: “We have been very involved in the design process, as have our customers indirectly, as we asked them what they wanted their pub to look like.

“The new menu is designed to offer a chilled casual eating vibe rather than formal dining to better reflect the ambience our customers seek.

“The refurbishment is a big thank you to customers for all their support over the last few years, which has seen the pub closing a number of times due to maintenance issues. Now we have the perfect pub, we intend to have an anniversary celebration at the end of November.

“We’ve been hugely touched by villagers, who have said they’ve never seen the pub so busy and thanked us for helping make the pub a thriving part of the community. As well as our pub quizzes, we’ll be continuing to put on monthly tribute acts, which are hugely popular.”

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Star Pubs and Bars Business Development Manager Chris Newsham said: “We’re delighted to have helped John and Mishi create a pub that villagers can be proud of. It now lives up to the quality of the service and the warm and welcoming atmosphere that they already offered.

“They’ve done a fantastic job turning around The White Bull and I can only see it going from strength to strength.”

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