An historic Leyland pub is getting a £250,000 facelift - and could also get a brand new name.
The Queens Hotel, on the corner of Golden Hill Lane and Chapel Brow, has been taken over by Amber Taverns after closing its doors at the start of this year.
Now, it’s been revealed that the pub, which dates back to the 1880s, is being refurbished and could be in line to get a new name too.
The move will also create around eight to 12 new jobs.
Tom Howarth, Area Manager for Amber Taverns, said: “We wanted to spruce up the pub because it is a bit run-down.
“The big question is whether to keep the Queens name or not.
“Usually, when we take over a pub, we keep the old name, but the Queens has had such a chequered past, we’re wondering if it’s had its day.”
He added: “We want to create a warm and cosy environment, and give the pub a traditional feel.
“There will also be a strong sports focus with flat-screen TVs, and we want to get local sports teams involved.”
Work is set to start at the beginning of July with a view to the upgraded pub opening in early August.
Some of the internal walls are being taken down to create a bigger public area, and the toilets are also getting a refurb.
Mr Howarth added: “One of the other great things we’re doing is opening up the beer garden, which the pub didn’t have when it was open last time.
“There’s a nice little yard round the back but it was just used for storage, so I think that will be an improvement.”
When the Queens closed in February, brewery Scottish and Newcastle said the absence of a permanent landlord lead to its demise.
But a new landlord and landlady will run the Queens when it re-opens, which Mr Howarth said will bring the ‘heart back into the community’.
There was also concerns from pub-goers at the time that the opening of Wetherspoons on Hough Lane in October was causing problems for smaller establishments, but Mr Howarth said Amber Taverns hasn’t experienced that in the past.
“It isn’t really a worry for Leyland,” he said. “We have other pubs in Lancashire which trade near Wetherspoons, and it hasn’t caused any problems.”
He added: “We’re confident the new Queens, whatever its name, will be a success because of the refurb, and because it’s in the town centre.”
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