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Historic inn to close for ‘gastro pub’ overhaul

Becky Sheehan and Rhianna McDonnell ready for the refurbishment of the Fleece Inn on Liverpool Road in Penwortham

Becky Sheehan and Rhianna McDonnell ready for the refurbishment of the Fleece Inn on Liverpool Road in Penwortham

An historic pub is to close for two weeks as it undergoes a £165,000 renovation.

The Fleece Inn, in Liverpool Road, Penwortham, will shut from Monday, August 18 until Saturday, August 30, while workmen carry out interior changes.

The Spirit Pub Company, which owns the busy venue, want it repositioned as a “gastro pub that is still very much the hub of the community”.

They are keen to introduce “more traditional décor” with new signature pieces of furniture and contemporary fixtures. Lighter colours will predominate, with wooden flooring to make the pub look brighter.

The current bar area will be revamped to offer new products including craft beers and premium lagers, as will the menu, which will focus on premium dishes including traditional pub classics like bangers and mash, as well as a range of gourmet burgers and grills.

General manager of the pub, Jim Kearns, said: “My team and I are really excited about the new features of the pub, especially the new menu.

“We’re sure that regulars and new guests alike will be impressed with the improved look and feel of the Fleece Inn.”

Three part-time jobs in the kitchen and at the bar will also be created with the transformation.

Local councillor David Howarth said: “I’m very happy to hear of the investment. I noticed when I went past the other day that the outside is already being redecorated and the render painted.

“Clearly the company must feel confident in the vitality of the district centre to make such an investment and it is a boost to the overall regeneration of the area. The creation of more jobs can only be good for the local economy.”

The pub and its two attached cottages, were awarded Grade II listed status by English Hetitage in May 1976.

The pub is believed to originate from the early 18th century, and is made from roughcast brick, painted white.

 

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