A fresh start for trouble-hit Leyland pub as old landlord returns

Darren Miller's new team at Barrister's in Leyland ' Mo and Mihaela Ndiaye and Gareth Heyes
Darren Miller's new team at Barrister's in Leyland ' Mo and Mihaela Ndiaye and Gareth Heyes

A trouble-hit Leyland pub is getting a new lease of life as a dedicated landlord has returned to the town.

Darren Miller ran Barrister’s when it first changed from George IV but left it in someone else’s hands for the last 12 months, so he could focus on his bars in Bolton.

“People think that when there are door staff, it must mean a pub is rough”

Darren Miller, Barrister’s landlord

But following complaints from neighbours about anti-social behaviour, and after a dispute with his tenant earlier this year, he’s back at the helm to help boost the pub’s reputation.

He said: “I had it originally but it’s been run to the ground.

“I’m back now and I’ve a new team, so we’re working to improvethe pub’s reputation.

“I leased it out because I had other pubs, but I’ve sold those now; there’s a lot to do to run a pub these days.”

South Ribble Council’s licensing team cut the Towngate pub’s operating hours in October and said that door staff were required, because of police and residents’ concerns over anti-social behaviour.

“If everything goes well, I want to change some of those stipulations,” Darren said.

“There were no noise complaints in the four years I was here, but the new licence means we have to close earlier than we’d like on a Friday and Saturday, even though I haven’t done anything wrong.”

He’s happy to keep the bouncers though.

“People think that when there are door staff, it must mean a pub is rough,” he added.

“But it’s actually to stop those type of people coming in who would cause trouble.

“Also, some of the trouble in the past has been put on the police logs as being outside Barrister’s, but it’s actually been on the Tesco car park area.”