Town centre pub shut its doors in shock exit

Queens Pub, Leyland

Queens Pub, Leyland

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A historic Leyland pub has closed its doors.

The Queens Hotel, on Golden Hill Lane, which was built in the 1850s, has been boarded up by security staff.

The pub is shut and signs on the building offer it up for lease. The brewery says it requires £8,000 capital.

Its last official landlord, Terry Penzer, ran it for more than three years but now runs the Waggon and Horses on Bent Lane after moving out in September 2010.

The brewery, Scottish and Newcastle, says since then the Queens has been run by a plethora of management companies. But they too gave up trading there shortly after national pub chain Wetherspoons moved into Hough Lane.

The rumoured competition from the Leyland Lion has added to problems.

Ryan Wallace, of Scottish and Newcastle, said: “ We have got security on the pub now. It was closed and boarded up on January 24.

“Often if a pub is being run by a management company and is trading poorly, a decision is taken to close it and monitor it with security while we look for a new long term tenant. This pub hasn’t had a proper tenant since 2010.

“Things like franchises moving into the area probably have affected it, because they are very competitive.

“We are trying to market the pub and find a long term tenant who can run it full time and actually live there.”

The Queens was among four Scottish and Newcastle pubs in the area that got into a dispute with the brewery over its prices in 2009.

Previously it has offered a stage for many new local bands to show off their talents.

The brewery’s website describes the Queen’s as having a “fantastic visual road side presence” and says it is a “popular local community pub”.

It also says the new operator could capitalize on local shoppers during the day and early evening.

The pub’s private accommodation has three bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and a bathroom.

Danny Hindle, landlord of The Railway on Preston Road, which is currently undergoing a £200,000 overhaul, said: “The pub closed about two weeks ago. It’s all boarded up at the back and there is shuttering over the windows.

“It has been struggling for a while. It needed some investment.

“It needs at new tenant to give it some attention. It’s a shame too, because it’s in a really good position.

Coun Matthew Tomlinson, who represents Golden Hill at South Ribble Council said: “It is sad if the pub has shut for good. It’s also a shame that another big building will be empty.”