Village inn reopens after a year

Matthew Chapman is the owner of the newly refurbished Sirloin Restaurant in Hoghton
Matthew Chapman is the owner of the newly refurbished Sirloin Restaurant in Hoghton

A Hoghton pub has reopened its doors, after a painful closure last year.

The Sirloin Inn shut down in January 2011, after eight years of ownership by husband and wife team Wayne and Alison Keough.

Located on Station Road, the centuries-old inn has now been taken over by brothers, Matthew and Adam Chapman, from Bolton, who also run three other pubs across Lancashire.

These are the Strawberry Duck in Entwistle, Il Toro in Horwich, and San Marino in Belmont.

On March 31, The Sirloin Inn, which now employs 30 members of staff, was officially opened to the public, having gone through internal refurbishment since December.

Co-owner Matthew, 26, said: “We had been to The Sirloin a couple of years ago, and thought it was a perfect location.

“It is all going good - we’re looking forward to it, but we’re nervous as well.

“The locals have been saying how wonderful it looks, and how fabulous it is that something is being done with the place.

“Adam and I have worked very hard over the years.

“It’s a fairytale story really.”

“We will be starting events once we are fully up and running, and we will be doing traditional English food.

As well as doing restaurant food, Matthew and Adam are also using a satellite kitchen downstairs to tempt their customers with various bar snacks.

Other refurbishment includes log fires and mismatch furniture, so that every chair and table has a different story behind it.

The brothers eventually hope to run cookery classes, as well as organise live entertainment.

Borough Councillor for Brindle and Hoghton Ward, David Dickinson, said: “It is absolutely excellent - I am looking forward to it reopening.

“It is a free house, so that helps and makes a big difference.

“Everybody seems to be looking forward to it opening.”

And Hoghton resident, Graham Brindle, 56, said: “I think it is pleasing to know that it has got new owners, who can bring the building back to life for the community.

“I wish them all the best for the future.”

For more information, ring The Sirloin on 01254 852293.