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Well-known Darwen pub re-opens

Lancashire Telegraph: Well-known Darwen pub re-opens Well-known Darwen pub re-opens

TWO young men are hoping to breathe new life into a struggling Darwen pub after reopening on Friday night.

Local lads Roger Savage, 25, and Dan Sumner, 28, have taken over the Craven Heifer in Pole Lane after a failed relaunch following a £115,000 refurbishment in March last year.

Management duo Theresa and Niall Pollock left last year and the pub had been run by a relief manager for the past few months.

Now, Mr Savage said the future looks bright for the Star Pubs and Bars-owned inn with ‘bags of potential’.

He said: “We have closed the pub for three days while we bring in new furniture and make some slight alterations.

“We have given the place a really good clean as well so it looks good as new.”

Mr Savage, who has moved into the pub with business partner Dan, said the relaunch would see food reintroduced to the pub.

He said: “We have designed a menu with home-cooked food that launched yesterday.

“There will also be specials, such as Sunday lunches, and we will have two real ales on the bar.

“We also plan to launch an entertainment programme on Saturday nights and we will continue with the pub quiz on Thursdays.”

Both Mr Savage and Mr Sumner have worked in the hospitality management industry before, with Dan having managed The Brierfield pub in Astley Bridge.

Mr Savage said: “I don’t know why it didn’t work for the previous tenants, but we have high hopes for the Craven Heifer.

“It is a dream come true for us both really to run a pub in our home town.

“And hopefully this will be the first of many. I already have my eye on another pub and I would love to run a few different ones.”

A spokeswoman for Star Pubs and Bars said: “We are delighted that operators of Daniel and Roger’s experience have taken on the Craven Heifer, a pub in which we invested £115,000 last year transforming it from a drinkers’ pub into a family friendly, food oriented pub.

“Under their stewardship, the pub will offer good quality food and cask beer in a warm and welcoming environment.

“We wish them every success.”

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10:45am Sun 9 Mar 14

woolywords says...

Craven Heifer is a bit off the beaten track now, since they stopped the bus service to Hoddlesdon, so it's fallen victim to those of us who like to get on a bus to go for a pint. Granted there is a bus stop on Sough Lane but it's a bit of an hike from there and these legs are nearer a centenarians than a centurions.
Still, Summer is coming and we'll go that extra mile for a decent pint of cask.. and, they're going to do, pub grub..bonus!
My pub crawls bus pass is sponsored by your council tax dollars, and if I didn't use it on a Sunday, for a decent pub lunch, it would only be wasted.
Hope they do a pint of that Nutty Black, as I've got the taste for it now, after giving up drinking that Dr Thwaites, Patent Falling Down Bitter Waters for a month.
Craven Heifer is a bit off the beaten track now, since they stopped the bus service to Hoddlesdon, so it's fallen victim to those of us who like to get on a bus to go for a pint. Granted there is a bus stop on Sough Lane but it's a bit of an hike from there and these legs are nearer a centenarians than a centurions. Still, Summer is coming and we'll go that extra mile for a decent pint of cask.. and, they're going to do, pub grub..bonus! My pub crawls bus pass is sponsored by your council tax dollars, and if I didn't use it on a Sunday, for a decent pub lunch, it would only be wasted. Hope they do a pint of that Nutty Black, as I've got the taste for it now, after giving up drinking that Dr Thwaites, Patent Falling Down Bitter Waters for a month. woolywords
  • Score: 20

1:05pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

The Craven Heifer should be a thriving pub. It is the only pub serving the big estates off Pole Lane and Priory Drive. Couple of thousand people, mainly in employment.

So long as the new owners don't have the attitude of 'people will just come' or advertising is sticking a couple of boards outside the pub, they should be fine. Good beers, wines and spirits, good food, themed nights to attract people in, events and activities and proper promotion - regular leafletting of the area, Facebook page, up to date website, collecting people's e-mails for mailings.
The Craven Heifer should be a thriving pub. It is the only pub serving the big estates off Pole Lane and Priory Drive. Couple of thousand people, mainly in employment. So long as the new owners don't have the attitude of 'people will just come' or advertising is sticking a couple of boards outside the pub, they should be fine. Good beers, wines and spirits, good food, themed nights to attract people in, events and activities and proper promotion - regular leafletting of the area, Facebook page, up to date website, collecting people's e-mails for mailings. Excluded again
  • Score: 15

1:24pm Sun 9 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

I'll give it 3 months tops.
I'll give it 3 months tops. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -23

1:56pm Sun 9 Mar 14

shirtbox says...

good luck. you will need it.Pubs are so history these days,see what happens after 3 months.
good luck. you will need it.Pubs are so history these days,see what happens after 3 months. shirtbox
  • Score: -9

7:18pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
I'll give it 3 months tops.
Take heed everyone - the orifice has spoken!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: I'll give it 3 months tops.[/p][/quote]Take heed everyone - the orifice has spoken! Darren1951
  • Score: 12

7:40pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Copperhead says...

No bus service
No using the car when drinking
No money for drink because of the recession/high living costs
4 cans of imported quality German Lager ( not that InBev mass-produced cat-p*ss ) for £3-50 at a garage near where I live
No Craven Heiffer soon.
No bus service No using the car when drinking No money for drink because of the recession/high living costs 4 cans of imported quality German Lager ( not that InBev mass-produced cat-p*ss ) for £3-50 at a garage near where I live No Craven Heiffer soon. Copperhead
  • Score: -14

8:30pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

Copperhead wrote:
No bus service
No using the car when drinking
No money for drink because of the recession/high living costs
4 cans of imported quality German Lager ( not that InBev mass-produced cat-p*ss ) for £3-50 at a garage near where I live
No Craven Heiffer soon.
Craven Heifer in 5 minutes walking distance of 3 large estates.

Drink driving illegal since 1965.

The Marsh House and Pole Lane area one of the most affluent parts of Darwen.

Only said people just go to the pub to get drunk.

Great opportunity for a successful pub if the Craven Heifer offers what people in the area want and tells them what it is offering.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: No bus service No using the car when drinking No money for drink because of the recession/high living costs 4 cans of imported quality German Lager ( not that InBev mass-produced cat-p*ss ) for £3-50 at a garage near where I live No Craven Heiffer soon.[/p][/quote]Craven Heifer in 5 minutes walking distance of 3 large estates. Drink driving illegal since 1965. The Marsh House and Pole Lane area one of the most affluent parts of Darwen. Only said people just go to the pub to get drunk. Great opportunity for a successful pub if the Craven Heifer offers what people in the area want and tells them what it is offering. Excluded again
  • Score: 10

9:11pm Sun 9 Mar 14

denidenideni says...

ANOTHER pub opening in Darwen and should do well, take note Blackburn, Darwen will always be better than Blackburn.
Darwen till i die
ANOTHER pub opening in Darwen and should do well, take note Blackburn, Darwen will always be better than Blackburn. Darwen till i die denidenideni
  • Score: 6

3:01pm Mon 10 Mar 14

camel says...

I wish the Catlaitch and the new owners all the best for the future, it was always a good pub long before they built up there, but in those days Darren was a good little happy town,
I wish the Catlaitch and the new owners all the best for the future, it was always a good pub long before they built up there, but in those days Darren was a good little happy town, camel
  • Score: 0

8:41pm Mon 10 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

There's a good cluster of pubs up that end of Darwen, now. The Craven Heifer should complement The Greenfield, which is a good, cosy little local; the recently-opened Function Room -well worth a visit; the Borough, which has just re-opened; plus the Park and the Swan (another lovely little pub) opposite each other on the main road.
Good luck, lads.
There's a good cluster of pubs up that end of Darwen, now. The Craven Heifer should complement The Greenfield, which is a good, cosy little local; the recently-opened Function Room -well worth a visit; the Borough, which has just re-opened; plus the Park and the Swan (another lovely little pub) opposite each other on the main road. Good luck, lads. happycyclist
  • Score: 5

11:44am Wed 12 Mar 14

batesempire says...

All the best Chaps
All the best Chaps batesempire
  • Score: 1

11:44am Wed 12 Mar 14

batesempire says...

All the best Chaps
All the best Chaps batesempire
  • Score: 0

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