Blaze-ravaged pub goes on the market for near £2m

Fire at the Dressers Arms in Wheelton
Fire at the Dressers Arms in Wheelton
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A landmark pub that was destroyed in a fierce fire has been put up for sale at £1.9m.

The Dressers Arms was rebuilt following a devastating blaze in April, 2014.

The popular pub, on Briers Brow, Wheelton, was virtually rebuilt in less than a year.

Owner Steve Turner, 63, who runs the Dressers Arms with his wife Trudie, 54, said: “We’ve been here twenty years.

“The pub is now as busy as it has been and I’ve always planned to retire.

“I’ve been in the brewery and pub trade for forty years.

“We had the fire in April, 2014, which scuppered my retirement plans.

“We’d planned it before the fire and have had a year rebuilding it.”

The couple live in neighbouring Heapey.

Steve said it would be said to leave, adding; “It becomes your life.

“Once you’re in the pub game, that’s it.”

The pub employs a total of 26 staff and Steve said the business was in good shape.

“Whoever buys it has got a great business,” he said.

The adjoining Little Hong Kong restaurant was also destroyed in the blaze and like the pub was temporarily put out of business before it was rebuilt.

Around 60 firefighters tackled the fire.

Adjoining cottages were evacuated.

The fire was so intense that firefighters laid out hoses for water to the Leeds-Liverpool canal half-a-mile away.

But Steve always intended reopening the pub.

Both the pub, which dates back to the 1700s, and the restaurant received many messages of support through social media.

A family fun weekend, “Dress Fest” was organised on the car park opposite to announce its relaunch and keep people up to date with its plans

Chartered surveyors Fleurets have advertised the pub for sale online at £1.9m.

It is described as having a re-built and fully refurbished bar/restaurant, with around 100 covers in a series of rooms; an outdoor area for 76; a fully-equipped catering kitchen; rental income from a refurbished oriental restaurant; adjacent private accommodation and a large car park.