Pub extension to cater for comedy club

Work is taking place at the Railway pub, Leyland
Work is taking place at the Railway pub, Leyland

A £200,000 make-over at a popular Leyland pub is now underway.

The Railway, on Preston Road, is undergoing an extension, with a new entrance, staircase and disabled lift.

The work, which started in January, will also turn part of the upstairs living space back into a function room for the first time in 30 years.

Landlord Danny Hindle, who has run the pub and restaurant with wife Alison for the past four years, says they’ve already had 25 bookings for the new Railway Suite.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “People haven’t even seen the finished article yet and we’ve already got wedding anniversary and birthday parties booked, as well as Christenings.

“Everyone’s talking about it because we’re in a really prominent position.”

He added: “It’s really exciting for us because it was our idea to do this in the first place.”

The brewery, Punch Taverns, is paying for the building work, while Danny and Alison are paying for the furniture, carpets and lighting. They also want to use the function room for theme nights in the future, including a comedy club.

The main bar area is still open while the work takes place, and the new section will be completed by March 2.

An official opening is planned for March 3.