An historic village pub looks set to undergo a £250,000 transformation into a sports bar.
Star Pubs and Bars, which own The Tardy Gate in Lostock Hall, have applied for South Ribble Council’s permission to renovate the building, with proposals including an extension and quirky features.
The news has been welcomed by locals, who are pleased to see a new vision for the run-down building.
A spokesperson from Star Pubs & Bars said: “We can confirm that the licensees, Weston Castle and Star Pubs & Bars are looking to get planning permission to turn The Tardy Gate in Lostock Hall into a sports oriented community pub which will be renamed The Wishing Well at Tardy Gate.
“We intend to jointly invest £250,000 on opening up the rear exterior of the pub installing decking, astro-turf, a mural of a seaside pier with water and beach-hut style pods.”
The company said the proposed new name is a reference to an old well in the rear car park that Weston Castle want to make a feature of.
Lostock Hall Councillor Cliff Hughes said: “Like most pubs in the area it’s been struggling over the years, being half open and half shut, so I’m glad to see someone wants to invest in it. I’m open to anything that’s better than what we’ve currently got on that busy corner.
“And I suppose with all the new houses being built in the area, down Wateringpool Lane, at the Gas Works and at Vernon Carus’, it might be a good business decision.
“If there’s a different type of offering, then it will hopefully attract people in and bring a bit of life back into the village, though I’m sure there will be some nostalgia around the name change.”