Royal Oak could be set to take root again

From left, head Chef Adam Laws, with owners Julie and Ian Gale outside The Royal Oak, Chorley
From left, head Chef Adam Laws, with owners Julie and Ian Gale outside The Royal Oak, Chorley

Chorley town centre’s former Royal Oak Hotel could be set to reopen.

The closed down landmark venue on High Street is attracting a number of interested parties – including a regional pub operator.

Others also showing an interest include restaurant and nightclub operators.

Nick Huddleston, of property agent CBRE in Manchester, told the Guardian: “We’ve got three or four quite interested parties.

“One is quite advanced in putting something together, a North West-based pub
operator.

“They’re looking to create 
a nice, urban pub, with cask and guest ales, a good food pub.”

If a deal is done, the new operator would be looking to sub-lease the premises from its existing owners Whitbread, said Mr Huddleston.

He said talks had started about six weeks ago and that further detailed discussions were set to take place, and added: “We’re hoping to proceed to a letting within the next couple of months.”

As regards the other parties, he revealed: “There have been a couple of restaurants and nightlcub operators.”

The former Kinetic Bar – it became the Tut n’ Shive before that – on Market Street. was taken over by barber Ian Gale, who planned to reopen it as the Royal Oak.

Mr Gale, who has a military background, hoped to relaunch it in October 2013, with plans for a “combined services club” venue, but it did not materialise and the pub never reopened. If it does reopen, it is not known whether the new operator will call it the Royal Oak.

Mick Clark, communications officer for the Central Lancashire branch of CAMRA, said: “I think the people of Chorley remember it fondly as the Royal Oak and would like to see it back again.”