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Historic Ribble Valley pub set for major refurbishment
AN historic Ribble Valley pub could be set to undergo major refurbishment in the next few weeks in a bid to attract more punters.
The Lord Nelson in Langho is run by husband and wife team Peter and Nicola Loftus and they are hoping owners Star Pub and Bars agree to the £10,000 revamp.
The tenants, who have been running the 150-year-old pub in Whalley Old Road for just over three years, will hold a meeting in the next few weeks about the project which could be completed before the summer.
Part of the proposed work would include the removal of two walls, fixed seating and the installation of new hard flooring around the bar.
The walls would also be redecorated and a cook would be brought in to offer a wider variety of food.
Mr Loftus, 48, said: “We hope that the work would increase the number of people who come here every day.
“Even if it only brought in five or six it would still make a difference.
“I hope that the new layout would encourage a younger generation of punters to come along and breath some new life into the pub.
“We are breaking even at the moment and we want to try this because it could lead to better times for the pub.
“More food would also be offered during the week which could also lead to more people coming in.
“We will have to provide the new furniture ourselves but Star Pubs and Bars would pay for the work and we would receive a rent increase as a result.
“I hope that the work will be completed soon and that we can start to move the business forward.”
A spokeswoman for Star Pubs and Bars said: “No formal decision on whether the project will go ahead has been made yet.
“It’s hoped that a final decision will be made by the end of April.”
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