A village pub which has been closed for more than a year is set to re-open its doors this Hallowe’en.
The Dog & Partridge is on Preston Road in the heart of Charnock Richard and has been a part of village life for more than 150 years.
New owners Trust Inns, with licensees Lisa and Tony Woods, are keen to re-establish the pub as the heart of the community.
The pub has been redecorated throughout and now boasts a new lounge bar, pool room and function suite.
John Hitchmough, Operations Director Central Region for Trust Inns said: “We’ve been aware of the development at the Dog & Partridge for some time and we are delighted to have it within our portfolio of great local pubs.
“At a time when we constantly hear news headlines of 25 pubs shutting per week in the UK, it’s good for us to share some good news.
“We fully support our licensees in their endeavour to return the Dog & Partridge to its former glory and provide a real hub for the community of Charnock Richard.”
New licensee, Tony Woods and his wife, Lisa, who are returning to the region after working in a managed house pub chain in Cheltenham for several years, said: “Charnock Richard is a great little village and we cannot wait to meet and welcome all our customers, both old and new.
“We have lots of plans of how to get the Dog & Partridge back on the map, including a Hallowe’en themed opening night and a great new menu that will consist of proper homemade food, served well.”
The couple already have strong links to the area as Tony is the brother to the licensee of another Trust Inns’ pub, the Bowling Green, on Wigan Lane, Wigan.
The pub is due to open at the end of October and is currently recruiting for bar and kitchen staff.
Coun Paul Leadbetter, who represents the Chisnall ward, said: “It is great that it is open again.
“People have been complaining that it is closed.
“I just hope that local people support it because there is no point in everyone calling for it to re-open when they don’t visit it.
“I know that it will probably get its fair share of passing trade but it still needs the local community to get behind it.
“There are lots of clubs and organisations in the village and I think that we all have to support it so that it can be here in the future.
“There is only really the hairdressers that is the shop in the village so to have a facility for the community to come and chat is good.
“I shall be certainly visiting it when it opens and it is vital that we use it to try to keep our rural community going for a while.”