PUBS have been at the heart of villages for years and years as a place to gather and have fun and relax after the stresses and strains of family and work life.

And Lancashire has some of the finest ones for community as well as charming surroundings and views.

As part of our ‘Pub of the Week’ feature, we have visited a venue in Hoddlesden about the reasons for their success over the years.

Name of the pub

The Ranken Arms

Address of the pub:

Queen Street, Hoddlesden

Landlord/landlady name:

Wendy and Nick Harrop

How long have you been the landlord/landlady for?

Three-and-a-half years

Give us some history about the pub

We are villagers and have been coming in the Ranken for 30+ years! It feels right to be running it now

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

Yes, traditional Pub Food, with something for everyone

Is there a beer garden?

Yes, newly refurbished seating 100+ guests, with outside trailer bar and heated pergolas

Do you have any darts/snooker/pool teams


Most popular drink served is:

Birra Moretti however it’s slowly being pushed out by the new Madri Excepcional

Most memorable moment at the pub

Our first weekend open only outside during Covid, every single table full every day full of supporting customers!

Do you have an entertainment line-up?

Yes, we have a fortnightly quiz, Live Music Fridays and Saturdays see our website

Have you faced any challenges within the industry

Everyone will agree Covid was something we were never prepared for it was tough. We managed to get through with the help of our loyal customers!

The best thing about running a pub is

Receiving feedback from our customers, it makes it worthwhile

The worst thing about running a pub is..

Late nights and early mornings

The perfect hangover cure is...

Everything on the menu