YOU can always Bank on us to try to find some of the finest places to eat and drink in our Pub of the Week feature.

This time we have picked out a venue in an historic building in Darwen

Name of the pub

The Bank Bar and Kitchen, Church Street, Darwen

Landlord/landlady name:

Lloyd Lawson

How long have you been the landlord/landlady for?

I have worked for our umbrella company, Darwen Bars & Leisure for four years but I have been the GM at The Bank since opening in April.

Bar staff and their names:

Front of house team: Jack Greenhalgh (assistant manager), Alicia Walsh, Bethany Taylor, Blake Quinn, Chloe Pullan, Ellie Donoghue, Emily Rigby, Jess Helm, Leah Pattinson & Orla McManamon. Kitchen staff - Jamie Evans (kitchen manager), Damien Arden, Kieron Collins, Aiden Taylor and Danny Astley.

Lancashire Telegraph:

Give us some history about the pub

The building was built in 1898, the same year as Darwen Jubilee Tower. What used to be an old Barclays bank has been renovated and transformed into the now-known The Bank Bar & Kitchen.

Is food served? Is so what’s on the menu?

Yes we have a lovely menu, consisting of modern English Cuisine including burgers and steaks to seafood. We also serve an eggsellent breakfast from 10am-12pm daily.

Is there a beer garden

Yes, our beer garden to the rear of the building can seat up to around 50 people with heat and cover on every table.

Most popular drink served is:

Our cocktails are the front runners, the Tropical Moments and Frozen Daquiris are our best sellers.

Do you have an entertainment line-up?

We have live music and acts every Saturday and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. We also have a close-up magician on the first Thursday of every month.

Have you faced any challenges within the industry

We were originally supposed to open up in November however, due to COVID-19, we were unable to do so with the rules on local restrictions. To overcome this we decided to operate as a takeaway service, this was a hit with the locals and we served over 8,000 burgers in a five month window. From opening up in April to now we have had to overcome many challenges with the way we work, always changing and always improving.

The best thing about running a pub is

I love chatting to customers and meeting all the different people that come through the doors. It gives me an enormous sense of wellbeing knowing that the customer has enjoyed their time with us and leaves smiling and knowing that me and my team were a part of that. Making and creating cocktails is also up there with one of my favourite parts of the job.

The worst thing about running a pub is..

The hours can be taxing and very demanding and maintaining relationships between staff in such a stressful environment can be a challenge.

The perfect hangover cure is...

In my opinion the perfect hangover cure is a Roast Dinner, a Fruit Pastilles ice-lolly and a good nap - all done from the same position on the sofa.