Landmark former pub set for refurbishment plans

Inside the Shawes Arms, London Road, Preston

Inside the Shawes Arms, London Road, Preston

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A landmark former pub is set to be given a new lease of life after sitting empty for over a year.

The Shawes Arms, on London Road, Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, has just been sold to a Lancashire businessman who said he is open to ideas for the pub’s future.

Blackburn-based Nadeem Sadiq said: “I was attracted to the building because of the idyllic setting and I am planning to undertake a refurbishment and redesign the building to take advantage of the river setting.

“I am looking for a tenant to operate the business and envisage the property being run as a café/bar/restaurant, but I am quite open to suggestions.”

The historic 19th century pub overlooks the River Ribble and is adjacent to Fishwick Nature Reserve.

It was a favourite watering hole for thirsty Guild Wheel walkers and cyclists before it closed its doors in 2014.

Mr Sadiq added: “It’s been broken into by kids a few times and the area has been used as a dumping ground so there will be a lot of work ahead of us.

“It will be worth it though as it’s such a beautiful spot.

“Preston is an up and coming city; it’s busy and it’s diverse.

“At the moment the building isn’t in a very good condition, but the hard work to restore it will be worth it - it’s a unique landmark with excellent views.”

Preston once famously boatsed 365 pubs, one for every day of the year.