EACH week we shine the spotlight on a pub in East Lancashire and get to know more about the history of the place and the staff that work there.

This time we have headed to Clitheroe to find out more about The Swan and Royal Hotel.

Name of the pub

The Swan & Royal Hotel

Address of the pub:

26 Castle Street, BB7 2BX

Landlord/landlady name:

Terry Joy & Carol Joy

How long have you been the landlord/landlady for?

22 years

Bar staff and their names:

Mary Jo Taylor, Grace Eccles, James Stephenson, James Atkinson, Jasper Grieison, Blade Easton

Give us some history about the pub

Winston Churchill, Gandhi and Sir Frank Whittle have all stayed at our pub over the years

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

Hearty, homemade food is made on the premises

Is there a beer garden


Do you have any darts/snooker/pool teams

We have a darts and chess team. The chess team meet every Tuesday and any budding chess players are welcome to join us.

Most popular drink served is:


Most memorable moment at the pub

The fire in 2009, which lead to the pub being closed for 12 months

Do you have an entertainment line-up?

Local resident DJ “Dave the Rave” who performs every Saturday night and Bank Holiday Sundays. We aware also a regular host to different bands (like “Yaang”, “Sweet Baboo” and many others) organised by the independent live music promoters “So it Goes” (also based in Clitheroe)

Have you faced any challenges within the industry

Yes, one major challenge was when smoking in pubs was banned in 2007, which lead to many changed being made around the pub

The best thing about running a pub is...

The satisfaction after a hard day of work.

The worst thing about running a pub is..

The long hours of organisation and work.

The perfect hangover cure is...

A good night’s sleep and a full English breakfast (which many of our residents make the most of in our en-suite traditional rooms).