Pub gets its second landlady in a year

Fox and Lion, Leyland
Fox and Lion, Leyland
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A Leyland pub is now at the hands of a new landlady - less than a year after it reopened.

The Fox and Lion on the corner of Towngate and Fox Lane, opened its doors after a six-month closure in June last year.

Landlady Ann-Marie Pearson gave the long-standing establishment a facelift at the time, and told the Guardian she was in it for the long-haul.

But now, the paper has learned that a new businesswoman has taken over - and she comes from Leyland.

Alison Sharples, 41, is running the pub with her son Scott Sharples, after having worked for Ann-Marie herself.

She said: “Its going really well.

“I think it makes a big difference that I am from the area myself.

“Local bands and groups have kept it going all this time really.”

Alison hosts a popular quiz night every Wednesday, with a ‘Play Your Cards Right’ theme, and two more team evenings on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The pub also serves a Sunday Lunch every Sunday between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

Alison said she’s looking forward to the Leyland Festival this weekend.

She added: “I think it will be really good for us, with lots of people coming through the doors.”

The pub is also taking part in the festival’s Leyland Live music weekend, which will see a line-up of acts perform at venues across the town on Friday and Saturday night.