Landmark venue set to become pub

Haighton Manor

Haighton Manor

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A historic former wedding venue is to reopen as a pub.

Haighton Manor, in rural Preston, has been taken on by Brunning and Price, which is working to “breathe new life into the building”.

The pub restaurant is expected to open this summer, and is due to create about 40 jobs.

Mary Willcock, managing director, said: “We are very excited and fortunate to have landed such a historic building in this beautiful part of the world.

“Our aim is to sensitively transform the building into a welcoming pub restaurant which we plan to open in late August and hope will play an important role at the heart of the community, as well as a destination for visitors to the area.”

Haighton Manor had been a popular wedding venue and restaurant, first opening in the 1970s after being affiliated with Whittingham Hospital.

Its history dates back to the late 17th century, and the company aims to “breathe new life into the building, uncovering its many authentic and beautiful hidden features to create a traditionally furnished pub with open fires and wooden floors”.

A statement from Brunning and Price said: “There will be a number of spacious, airy rooms, many with aspects through to the new gardens and beyond over the beautiful surrounding fields. There will be plenty more intimate nooks and crannies to squirrel away in if you’re so inclined, including a private dining room that seats up to 14 and a new garden room which will overlook a terrace, perfect for a spot of al fresco dining on finer days.

“The large bar at the heart of the pub will carry a good selection of cask ales, a back bar shelf crammed with malts and gins and an extensive wine list, all sourced and selected by the management team.”

The organisation is recruiting for chefs, and about 40 other staff members.