New lease of life for two pubs

Second chance: Nathan Weaver The Parker's Arms
Second chance: Nathan Weaver The Parker's Arms

The doors are set to re-open at one of Chorley’s best known pubs.

Regulars were shocked when the Swan with Two Necks closed suddenly before Christmas.

Owners Denise and Nick Hogan blamed it on mounting costs, but are now giving the iconic pub, in Hollinshead Street, a second chance.

Nick, who is currently running the Chorley UKIP campaign in the local elections, said: “We had no choice, but to close because of the mounting costs.

“We know things aren’t much easier now and the industry is still in turmoil, but it seems a waste to have it stood empty.”

Punters will be able to drink in the Swan from Good Friday and it will be open until 11pm Monday to Thursday and midnight at weekends.

Nick added: “We have had to reduce the opening hours as our security bill was costing us £1,000 a week, but we want to give it a real go. We have had so many people come to us asking to re-open and we’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.”

The news comes as plans were revealed for a £200,000 refurbishment for neighbouring pub, The Parker’s Arms, in Park Road.

Scaffolding has been erected at the front of the popular haunt to allow work to start on the three month project.

Manager there, David Hamer said: “The Parker’s Arms is one of the first pubs you see when you drive into Chorley down the A6 and it’s an iconic building.

“The pub has been shut pretty much for the past 18 months and had fallen into disrepair, but now it has re-opened under new ownership.

“The limited company which is now running the pub has pledged to invest £200,000 into refurbishing it and we’ve already got a good crowd of locals in.

“We’ve also got a really good chef who was trained at Northcote Manor and he’s produced a fantastic menu.

“It’s nice to see pubs being given a chance in Chorley when there is so much doom and gloom in the industry.”