CHEERS: Preston pub relaunched with new name

Harry Reid and Paul Bloomer
Harry Reid and Paul Bloomer
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Preston pub the Hunters, formerly known as The Welcome Tavern, has been officially reopened by the Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, and South Ribble Coun Mike Nelson.

The pub temporarily closed its doors in December to facilitate a landmark £500,000 investment between leading Lancashire brewer Daniel Thwaites and new co-owners Fayre Table.

The Walton-le-Dale establishment, which is the fourth successful partnership between the brewer and the pub restaurant company, has undergone extensive interior and exterior renovation works including a plush new bar and state-of-the-art kitchen that will be more than triple the size of the previous facilities.

Coun Nelson said: “It’s fantastic to see an investment of this scale in Preston. The Hunters will certainly be the place to be, it has brought the area back to life and is sure to attract locals and tourist alike.”

The Mayor and Coun Nelson were joined at the official opening by special guest Harry Reid, who had the honour of pulling the first pint.

Harry, 79, was the first customer at the pub before it became the Welcome Tavern over 40 years ago. He said: “It was an absolute honour to be asked to pull the first pint at The Hunters.

“It’s amazing to see how they have turned this place around and I’ll be back for many more pints to come.”

New pub manager Paul Bloomer said: “This is a very proud day for myself and the team here.

“We’re ecstatic to finally be able to welcome the general public through the doors and are confident that The Hunters offers the very best food and drink in the area.

“I really hope people will come and see what we have to offer.”