‘Great community pub’ faces closure

Old Original Seven Stars, Slater Lane, Leyland
Old Original Seven Stars, Slater Lane, Leyland
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A well-established Leyland pub could be forced to close its doors if a new licensee isn’t found by next week.

Enterprise Inns, which runs the Old Original Seven Stars in Slater Lane, says it wants to keep the premises open, but that time is running out.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that the current publican has given us notice that they wish to leave the Old Original Seven Stars.

“We are committed to keeping this great community pub open and trading and are currently recruiting for an experienced publican to take it forward.”

It is set close on Sunday, November 9, unless a new landlord or landlady comes forward.

Members of the Leyland Memories Facebook group have been expressing their disappointment that the pub faces closure, while others said it is in need of updating.

Vikki Starling wrote: “Me and my other half went into the Original Stars for the first time a few weeks ago - what a great place. Ok, maybe the decor is tired, but aren’t we all?

“Maybe a bit of spit of polish is needed but we were welcomed in and had the most fabulous night.”

Brian Hughes Britton said: “The sad fact is pubs like the Original are doomed especially with two larger pubs in such close proximity, that is the facts of today’s drinking out.”

“Premises need to be more than ‘boozers’ to attract punters away from the cheap ale offered by supermarkets.”

Joe Hayhurst added: “Seriously I’d get some real ales on tap and tidy it up a bit.

“It’s got the potential to be a beautiful traditional boozer but it just felt run down, and it hadn’t changed since last time I went in five years ago.”

Ozzy Mossy wrote: “They have good live bands on at the little seven, as for real ale - a pub won’t make any money out of the ‘plain clothed morris dancers’ sitting there with their half pints.”