UCLan studies future use for Preston’s Lamb and Packet pub

Lamb and Packet pub Friargate

Lamb and Packet pub Friargate

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The future of the old Lamb and Packet pub in Preston remains undecided more than two months after it was sold.

Bosses at the University of Central Lancashire say they are still considering what to do with their latest property acquisition in the city centre.

One thing is certain – it will not re-open as a pub after more than 200 years serving ale at the top of Friargate.

But just how UCLan will utilise the building as part of their Preston campus is currently uncertain.

“At this point we don’t have any specific plans for the use of the building, but it will no longer operate as a public house,” said a spokesman. “When the pub came up for sale we decided to make a bid. The property represents an ideal opportunity to consolidate our estate and in the long-term will help us create a more joined-up campus.”

The Lamb and Packet dates back to at least 1807, although it was rebuilt 12 feet further back in 1877 when Friargate was widened.