EAST Lancashire has some of the best pubs and restaurants in the country especially with their settings and stunning backdrops.

Well today’s Pub of the Week is no different as we have managed to pick the Ribchester Arms. The pub has a rich reputation in the area so let’s find out what make it successful.

Name of the pub

Ribchester Arms

Address of the pub:

Blackburn Road, Ribchester, PR3 3ZP

Landlord/landlady name:

Liam Fairey

How long have you been the landlord/landlady for?

3 Years. We took over from parents who had been here since 2014

Bar staff and their names:

Sam Hubbard, Amanda Cummins, Michelle Cummins (3 sisters who have been here for a combined 40 years and who’s children now work here part time as well)

Give us some history about the pub

It is a 1920s pub which was flooded twice in our tenure on Boxing Day 2015 and February 2020.

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

Yes, every day 12-8. Full traditional pub/restaurant offering plus special board and vegetarian/vegan special board

Is there a beer garden

Yes, at the front and rear of the building

Do you have any darts/snooker/pool teams


Most popular drink served is:

Cumbria way

Most memorable moment at the pub

How well we have bounced back from flooding and COVID keeping the same staff and having all of our regulars returning with a smile and leaving with a full belly

Do you have an entertainment line-up?

No, unless you count Sam our famous singing hostess

Have you faced any challenges within the industry

Flooding has been the main challenge being closed for 101 days after the first flood and then 5 weeks after the second but we have very strong willed staff who love their jobs and that shows to the customers

The best thing about running a pub is

The family atmosphere amongst the staff. Everyone gets on and looks after each other and there is no better feeling then having a glass of wine and a laugh after a busy weekend shift.

The worst thing about running a pub is..

The hours. There is no such thing as “clocking on and off”. it is a lifestyle and not just a job and you are the first one in and the last one out each day so you have to enjoy what you do.

The perfect hangover cure is...

Orange Lucozade and a strong black coffee