A Ribble Valley pub has re-opened 18 months after being taken over by a new company.

The Assheton Arms in the village of Downham, near Clitheroe, re-opened its doors on Friday (February 10) after being closed for a year and a half.

The reopening of this historic Lancashire inn was marked with the unveiling of the newly repainted pub sign above the door by Lord and Lady Clitheroe.

Lancashire Telegraph: A bartender at the Assheton Arms in DownhamA bartender at the Assheton Arms in Downham (Image: James' Place)

They were assisted by James Warburton, the chairman and owner of Bowland Inns and Hotels which now owns the pub, The Hon Ralph Assheton from Downham Estate, and Warren Bennett, the commercial director of Bowland Inns and Hotels.

The beautiful new hand painted sign was commissioned by Downham Estate from Parkinsons Signs of Blackburn to reflect the original coat of arms of the Assheton family, using original colours and designs from the College of Arms.

Residents of Downham village were invited to join the management team following the unveiling where they enjoyed a first look at the refreshed pub, along with a long-awaited drink at the bar and a sample of what’s to come on the seasonal menu.

Lancashire Telegraph: Some of the food on offer at the Assheton Arms in DownhamSome of the food on offer at the Assheton Arms in Downham (Image: James' Place)

James Warburton said: “What better way to mark a new beginning for a country pub, even one as steeped in local history as the Assheton Arms than to unveil a new sign above the door?”

“It was really heartwarming to see so many people coming to the pub over the course of the weekend.

“We welcomed customers old and new, from just around the corner and from many miles away too. The atmosphere and ambience was everything we had hoped for.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved who made it possible and we now we look forward to settling in and becoming part of village life on a full-time basis.”

Lancashire Telegraph: The dining area of the Assheton Arms in DownhamThe dining area of the Assheton Arms in Downham (Image: James' Place)

Hon Ralph Assheton added: “What a joy it is to have the pub up and running again after such a long pause.

“Feedback from our residents was that everything the team has done was absolutely in keeping with the heritage of the village and enhanced its cosy atmosphere.

“I think it’s going to be rather busy.”