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The Stanley Arms set to ‘take stock in the new year to decide the way forward’

Posted on - 26th December, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Pubs, What's On in Preston
The doors at the Stanley Arms displaying the licensing conditions Pic: Blog Preston
The doors at the Stanley Arms displaying the licensing conditions Pic: Blog Preston

Owners of The Stanley Arms will “take stock in the new year to decide the way forward” after a troubled 2023.

The Lancaster Road pub was closed during October and for much of November after the landlord, Paul Butcher, relinquished his status as both the designated premises supervisor and the premises licence holder.

The landlord’s exit came amid numerous issues over the previous 12 months including a lone bouncer being racially abused, a man being left with a fractured skull, an all-female brawl and a number of incidents where a customer was ‘glassed’.

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The pub is owned by Heineken’s Star Pubs & Bars company with a new operator found in time for the Christmas period. New licensing conditions set at the hearing in October 2023, now visibly advertised on entrance to the pub, include the use only of accredited door staff and the installation of a large CCTV screen.

Speaking at the meeting in October, a solicitor representing Star Pubs argued that not being able to open over the Christmas period would have a significant and unfair impact on the business. Lancashire Constabulary had recommended the pub be closed for three months.

The solicitor made it clear that Star Pubs considered Paul Butcher to be solely at fault for the issues the venue had faced. The pub was allowed to reopen on November 27.

In October, Star Pubs confirmed plans to enter into a ā€œtemporary management agreementā€ with the operator of two other Preston pubs, The Angel, on Lune Street, and The Golden Cross, just along the road from the Stanley Arms.

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Star Pubs has now confirmed that there are no long-term plans for the venue at the moment, although that doesn’t mean they won’t materialise in 2024.

A spokesperson for Star Pubs & Bars told Blog Preston: “At this stage, we’re just planning for the very short term, i.e the Christmas period.Ā 

“Star Pubs & Bars in conjunction with the operator will take stock in the new year to decide the way forward.”

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