Deal ‘close’ to reopen village pub

The Anchor pub in Hutton
The Anchor pub in Hutton
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A pub that mysteriously closed after the landlords left could reopen next month.

Greene King, which owns The Anchor in Liverpool Road, Hutton, said a deal with a new licensee was “close” and refurbishment work was taking place in anticipation.

Decorator’s vans have been spotted on the pub’s car park this week.

A Greene King spokesperson said: “We are close to securing a deal to take this business forward on a long-term basis with a local entrepreneur.

“If concluded, this would see the Anchor pub re-open in early June.

“In advance of this, we have started refurbishment work on the pub including repainting its exterior.

“We would again like to apologise to guests for the temporary closure and hope to be in position to welcome them back to the pub soon.”

The pub closed in February after landlords Martyn Driscoll and Liam Mills left.

The men have declined to speak about the reasons for leaving, but have now taken over at the Sir Tom Finney in Penwortham.

During their year at the Anchor, Martyn and Liam along with the brewery, were reported to have sunk a total of £90,000 into refurbishing the run-down building.

The work carried out with the help of regulars, included new carpets, booths, high-end fittings, and a new beer draft system costing £17,000.

A side bar which had remained unusued for eight years was done up and reopened as a sports bar, with artifical grass on the floor and eight TV screens.

The toilets had just been given a £38,000 redesign, work had begun on converting an upstairs flat into a function room. and there were plans for an outdoor ‘smoke pit’ cooking area, a new bistro-style food menu and a £10,000 children’s play area.