A pub in Whitworth has reopened under new management and the landlord has some events planned for summer.

The Red Lion Inn closed on Sunday, April 21, but is now back open after a “spring clean” and repaint.

Jack Barrett, 30, has taken over and is excited to put his own stamp on the pub in the coming months.

Lancashire Telegraph: The Red Lion Inn, in WhitworthThe Red Lion Inn, in Whitworth (Image: Jack Barrett)

Jack, former general manager of the pub, said: “The last operators I worked for decided they were pulling out and asked if I wanted to take it on.

“It was a no-brainer. I have been here for three-and-a-half years, the locals know me and this is my home. I was happy to take it on.”

“We had four days where we had to shut. We managed to do some painting and decorating, giving the place a bit of a spring clean before we needed to open up."

Jack said the same staff members have decided to remain at the pub.

He said: “Nothing changes immediately, and all the staff have stayed the same but I am excited to make my own changes later on down the line and make it my own place.”

Jack said the grand reopening, on April 26, went well and revealed plans for other events at the pub in the coming months.

Barbeques and live singers are planned in the future.

Jack said: “Re-opening night was great and one of the busiest nights we have had. We had a singer on and the place was booming.

“Everyone was buzzing and happy that the pub was back open.

“I am lucky that I am taking on the pub just before the summer season, which is our busiest time by far.

“I am looking forward to using our outdoor space a little more. We have plans for a summer barbeque in the coming months, perhaps on a bank holiday weekend.

“We have singers booked in. Hopefully, they can perform outside in the sunshine if the weather improves.”

Jack said customers are excited about his takeover.

He said: “Customers are really happy. A lot have congratulated myself and my staff.

“I know the customers by name and know what they order. If they have any advice or ideas they know they have a friendly face they can speak to.

“I am really happy that the staff have decided to stick with me and I couldn’t have done this without them.

“Staff are part of the pub as much as the customer.

“I am excited to see what we will be able to do with the place.”