Last orders are called for couple who run historic village pub

The Golden Ball, Longton
The Golden Ball, Longton
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The landlord and landlady of a landmark village pub have have called time on their time behind the bar.

David and Susan Campbell have run the Golden Ball in Liverpool Road, Longton, for 22 years, but have now decided to retire.

David said: “We’ve absolutely loved it and we’ve become good friends with a lot of our regulars.

“We’ve had pubs for 40 years, including eight years at the Anchor in Hutton, but there comes a time when you have to retire.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes during our time, such as the smoking ban coming in and the later hours. And when we first took on the Golden Ball it was a Greenhalgh’s pub, but then it was taken over by Punch Taverns.”

Agents Kings Business Transfer are offering the leasehold for £69,995 for the 150-year-old pub with six bedrooms.

The pub is currently run Mr and Mrs Campbell with six part time members of staff and the average weekly turnover is £5,200 on just drinks sales.

The agents said: “Having successfully operated in the village for over 150 years and under the current ownership for the last 22 years, this highly renowned and locally famous business has earned excellent reputation for offering the very finest beers, ales, wines and spirits to both regular customers and good volumes of passing trade.

“Being a public house at the heart of the village the service at this business always come with a warm, friendly and a very local service.

“The business therefore enjoys an extensive and loyal customer base attracting repeat trade from the immediate vicinity as well as neighbouring villages, towns as well as the main city of Preston.”

Longton Coun Graham Gooch said: “The Golden Ball has always been a very well-run pub and is a credit to the village in it’s appearance.

“Infact about three years ago it won the best pub categeory of the Best Kept Village awards.

“All the pubs in Longton do well. We’re lucky to have five of them and there is a thriving pub scene here.”

Recently the Golden Ball has been host to a range of bands at the Longton Live music festival.