Pub heading for a £200,000 overhaul

Landlord of the Railway Pub, Leyland, Danny Hindle with plans for the �200,00 refurbishment of the pub
Landlord of the Railway Pub, Leyland, Danny Hindle with plans for the �200,00 refurbishment of the pub

A Leyland landlord is raising his glass to news his pub will get a £200,000 overhaul.

The Railway on Preston Road will get a new entrance, function room, disabled lift and smoking shelter as part of the refurb.

The work on the function room will turn part of the upstairs living space back into a function room for the first time in over 30 years.

And Danny Hindle, who runs the pub with wife Alison, is appealing for locals to get in touch with their memories and pictures of the room in its heyday.

Danny, who has been at the pub for six years, said: “The new entrance will be really eye-catching and have a modern look with glass, aluminium and timber.

“This will be in total contrast to the existing building.

“But we want to mix the old with the new and bring a bit of history back to the pub by putting up old photos of functions from the past and making a bit of a display.

“There is quite a bit of history behind the pub and it would be nice to get a sense of that back.”

The function room was formed when the pub, which is now owned by brewery Punch Taverns, was built in the 1800s.

According to local historians, it has been used for a variety of purposes since then, including Masonic Lodge meetings and the base for the Home Guard in Leyland during World War Two.

Danny said: “It was a function room when the pub was built and then when a new room was built on the back in the 1980s the function room got changed into living accommodation.

“The pub has all been opened up now so there isn’t a separate room for functions.

“We’re putting it back and creating a self-contained room with a new bar, toilets and a smoking shelter.

“We’re also keeping things like the original coving and picture rails so it’s as close as possible to what it was.”

Work will start on January 9 and is expected to be finished by early March.

Danny said: “It is quite a big job but it shouldn’t cause too much disruption.

“We’re really looking forward to it all being completed and creating somewhere in Leyland specifically for small functions like birthdays.”

Anyone with pictures taken from functions in the first floor room is asked to call into the pub or call Danny or Alison on 01772 458427.