THE lockdown on pubs is being lifted today, in a day that pub goers are calling ‘UK Independence day’ and ‘Super Saturday’. 

However, going to the pub will be a completely different experience with strict social distancing rules and cleaning measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Instead of going to your local have you considered exploring more of Lancashire and visiting a pub in the region with some traditional charm and history?

Here are just five historic and charming East Lancashire pubs which you should definitely explore now that they are open. 

The Red Pump Inn, Ribble Valley

Enjoy your first pint in beautiful surrounding, this pub dates back to the 1700s and the pub's interiors reflect the traditional aesthetics of the era.

The Red Pump Inn posted information about their return on Facebook, writing: “We are reopening on Saturday 4th July at 12:00 noon.

“We’ve missed you all and are very much looking forward to getting back to normal.”

The Old Chapel, Darwen

This pub has been owned by Wetherspoons since 2014, but the building itself hasn’t always been a pub.

It used to be a Methodist Chapel which first opened in 1866. In 1969, the chapel was bought for £14,500 and converted into a supermarket and then a discount store. 

The pub will be open on Sunday from 8am-12pm.

The Lower Buck Inn

This traditional pub is nestled in Waddington Village, Ribble Valley. Legend has it that King Henry VI stayed in this village to hide from enemies.

The building itself dates back to the 1760s when it was thought to be used as a coach house and place for people to sleep.

On their Facebook page, the company announced their reopening this Saturday.

They are also offering a 10% discount for NHS staff to “salute them for all their work during this time and beyond.”

Coal Clough, Burnley

This pub dates back to the 1600s and was owned by the Sagar family. 
It is said to be haunted by the spirit a murdered pedlar, who appears the night before St John’s Day (November 27).

If ghosts don’t scare you, then this pub is open from 10am on Saturday.

A one way system will be implemented, and anyone not following social distancing rules will be asked to leave.

The Royal Dyche, Burnley

Football fans might recognise this pub after it made headlines in 2018.
Formerly called The Princess Royal, this pub was renamed after Burnley’s football manager, Sean Dyche. 

Staff promised to rename the pub if Dyche managed to get the team into Europa League- and he did. 

If you want to visit, it will be open from 11am-11pm for the foreseeable future. A one way system will be in place and no children will be allowed.

 Are you heading to the pub this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.