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New managers for Darwen pub
3:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A POPULAR local pub has been given a new lease of life after it was in danger of being lost forever.
The Black Horse in Redearth Road looked set to close when owners Star Pubs and Bars put it up for sale.
But an independent pub owner from Manchester with a portfolio of almost 50 pubs, including the Punch Bowl in Chapels, took it over and it is now being run as a free house.
Gmap Estates has been given a six-year lease to run the pub and experienced landlady Tracy Jenkins has been installed as manager.
Tracy, who has worked in pubs since she was 17, said she had enjoyed a successful start to her tenure at the pub.
She said: “We are no longer tied to anyone so the prices have gone down considerably.
“We have local cask ales, mainly from Hopstar and with other guest ales as well.
“We have reintroduced the quiz on a Wednesday night and will have ocassional live entertainment, but we don’t want to have too much on because there are a lot of houses nearby and a lot of our regulars don’t want their ears blasting.
“There is a bit of land out the back that had just been used as a dumping ground, so we have cleaned it up and plan to open it next year as an extended beer garden.
“The regulars have all started to come back and I have had a very good response so far.”
As reported in the Lancashire Telegraph in May, the management at the time had been plagued by rumours the pub was to close after it was put up for sale.
Then bosses Martin and Zoe Evans have now taken over the nearby Crown pub, alongside Matt Worden.