Village pub plan to create 20 jobs

Work: Nick Yates of Mitchells

Work: Nick Yates of Mitchells

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A village pub which has been closed for more than two years is to be given a major refit, with more than 20 jobs expected to be created as a result.

Building work has started at the Horns Inn, which lies on the edge of Churchtown, near Garstang.

Landlords Star Pubs and Bars and Lancaster-based pub firm Mitchells are to spend almost £400,000 on refurbishing the premises.

The pub has been closed for two and a half years and will remain shut for a further eight weeks while the work is carried out.

New lessees Mitchells will then re-open the doors.

As a result of the investment, it is expected around 20 jobs ranging from chefs to bar staff and waiting staff will be created.

The firms hope the £370,000 refit will turn the Horns Inn into a “destination pub” which will attract passing holiday trade and the business community as well as local residents.

Keith Hornblow, sales director at Star Pubs and Bars, said: “We’re delighted that local pub company Mitchells is to lease the Horns Inn.

“We have waited over two years to find the right partner who shared our vision to create a great traditional British pub and would turn it into a destination pub for people wanting excellent food, drink and service, while ensuring it has a place at the heart of the community.

“Before the plans were drawn up we conducted extensive research into the local area and we are confident that the Horns will fill a gap in the market.”

Jonathan Barker, managing director of Mitchells of Lancaster, said: “We’re pleased this significant investment in the Horns Inn will create jobs and provide the community with a great pub offering excellent food and drink.”

There had been plans for new licensees to take over the Horns Inn in 2009 but the deal eventually fell through.