Dispute leads to pub’s closure

Barristers, Leyland
Barristers, Leyland
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A town centre pub is closed because of a dispute between its landlord and the tenant.

Owner Darren Miller is in the process of cancelling the lease at Barrister’s on Towngate, which has been in place since last March.

He said: “I can’t say too much at the moment, but I’m awaiting my solicitor’s advice about re-opening the pub.

“I’ve given the tenant every chance to resolve the forfeiture of the lease, but if it is not challenged, my plan is to re-open Barrister’s.

“If everything runs smoothly, I’m hoping to take it on myself and get it back to what it used to be.

“I ran the pub when we changed it from the George IV to Barristers.

“I run other pubs in Bolton and we’ve had no trouble there.”

Barrister’s hit the headlines in October when South Ribble Council’s licensing committee decided to cut its operating hours, over police concerns of anti-social behaviour.

Door staff were also required, and a policy was put in place to stop revellers congregating at the front of the pub and spilling onto the street in the early hours of the morning.

It was also suggested that the pub was set to become a carvery restaurant to make it a more family-friendly establishment.

Mick Clarke, communications officer for CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) Central Lancashire branch, said: “We would be pleased to see Barrister’s operating again, and I hope it can have a successful future.

“They have a good record in Bolton and we were pleased to see Leyland get one.”