ONE of the Ribble Valley’s most historic pubs has reopened after a £400,000 revamp.

The Assheton Arms, at Downham, near Clitheroe, opened its doors again last week and has received so much interest that its website server temporarily crashed.

The eight-week restoration saw the gastro pub, which has been sensitively sensitively redecorated, turned into a two-storey, modern restaurant, with fantastic views across the valley to Pendle Hill.

The lease of the restaurant and bar was awarded to the Seafood Pub Company after a well-publicised pitch that also attracted the attention of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.

The gastro pub now has now four dining rooms, all with new oak flooring and fittings, Lancashire cooking ranges, restored antique radiators and private dining areas, where guests can personalise their own lighting and i-pod sound systems.