A popular country pub is re-opening after a major refurbishment.
The Derby Arms, at Thornley, near Longridge, has been bought by the Seafood Pub Company and will officially reopen a week tomorrow, (August 7), with refurbished bedrooms available from a week later, August 14.
Local dignitaries, friends and associates were invited to a “soft launch”.
The general manager of the new-look pub is Jonny Parkinson, who worked at the Derby Arms a decade ago while studying hospitality and catering at Preston College. He worked the bar, waited on tables and, after college, became assistant manager.
Three years ago he joined the Seafood Pub Company. Since then he has been the launch manager of its award-winning Assheton Arms, in Downham, and until recently was running the Oyster and Otter on the outskirts of Blackburn.
He said was “gutted” when The Derby Arms closed. “It was one of those picturesque places where people went just for the atmosphere. I loved working there,” he said.
“It’s where I started learning and nobody was more devastated than me when it closed.
“It will be strange to go back – but an exciting job because it will be very different when the Seafood Pub Company stamp goes on it.”
The Derby Arms becomes the fifth pub to join the Seafood Pub Company portfolio in little more than three years
The pub and restaurant has been redesigned using traditional oak, flags, slate and steel, has a central bar leading to three dining areas, two with feature fireplaces, an atmospheric tap room for bar games, an outside courtyard and six bedrooms.
Joycelyn Neve, founder and managing director of the Seafood Pub Company, said: “It was once one of the best pubs in the area – and it will be again.
“People can expect our usual trademarks because the Derby will be a destination seafood restaurant with signature dishes made from the best British and local produce.
“And it will also become a vibrant village pub again … this time with bedrooms, too – which is a ‘first’ for us.”