New town pubs offer more choice for a festive tipple

James Harding, manager of the new Withy Arms in Leyland, which used to be the Roebuck
James Harding, manager of the new Withy Arms in Leyland, which used to be the Roebuck

Two new pubs are opening in Leyland within the next week.

A micro-pub on Hough Lane, which has taken over an old travel agents shop, is set to open for the first time on


And the former Roebuck pub on Worden Lane, near the Leyland Cross, has been completely refurbished and is opening under a new name this Thursday.

The place has been shut since July, but is set to open in time for Christmas as The Withy Arms.

It has been snapped up by Lee Forshaw and Alan Burdett, who own both the Withy Arms and School Lane Club in Bamber Bridge, and they will operate the Leyland pub as a free house.

James Harding, who is the manager at the other two premises, will also run the new Leyland pub.

He said: “Lee and Alan wanted to expand the venture, and when the pub came on the market in July, they thought it was in a good area in Leyland.

“They wanted to update a run-down pub, and it’s had a complete revamp.

“There’s a new sheltered dining area outside, the bar has been moved and there are new floors.

“There are also two wood burning stoves.

“We wanted to make it more warm and inviting.”

The pub will offer food but there will be no TV or pool table, with James saying the aim is to make it more ‘traditional’.

“It’s a completely different pub now,” he said.

“We’re going to have a dress code and we won’t allow swearing. We want everyone to be well behaved.

“It’s worked well for us in Bamber Bridge so I’m sure it will be a success here in Leyland too.”

The view to revert back to a traditional pub culture is one shared by Danny Hindle, who is opening the micro-pub on Hough Lane on Monday, December 16.

Thought to be the first of its kind in Lancashire, The Market Ale House will serve ales, ciders, wines and soft drinks, and will not have any music or entertainment.