Gig pub reopens following shock overnight closure

REOPEN: The Minstrel

REOPEN: The Minstrel

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A pub has reopened just days after its sudden overnight closure took users by surprise.

The Minstrel in Chorley has become a popular live music venue.

I went down on the Friday after our last gig to see if we could have a word with Gerri and the pub was empty and everything was cleared out.

Lucas Campbell

But it closed without warning at the end of last week leaving customers wondering about its future.

Lucas Campbell, who has been running BJs Rock in the Blues Club gigs at the Eaves Green pub for more than a year, was forced to cancel bookings immediately.

The DJ, radio presenter, guitarist and songwriter, said: “We transferred our club from the Hop Pocket almost thirteen months ago. The Minstrel’s been brilliant, we had a really great time there.”

The pub had been run by licensee Gerri Treadwell-Robinson, who is said to have now left.

He added: “Last Thursday there was a sign up saying ‘pub to let’. We thought Gerri was probably leaving.

“I went down on the Friday after our last gig to see if we could have a word with Gerri and the pub was empty and everything was cleared out.

“She was wonderful to us and believed in live music and did everything she could to help us.

“I’m pleased it’s reopening because it’s a community pub after all and whatever happens they carry on their live music programme.

Mick Clark, communications officer for the Central Lancs branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, said: “It’s one of the main entertainment pubs in the town and we’re happy to see it reopening.”

A spokesperson for Chester-based Admiral Taverns, who have the Minstrel advertised for let, said: “The pub closed on Friday.

“The licensee no longer wanted to be there. It reopened yesterday.”