Shock as popular pub closes

The Waggon and Horses Pub on Bent Lane in Leyland
The Waggon and Horses Pub on Bent Lane in Leyland

A popular Leyland pub has mysteriously closed its doors, much to the disappointment of residents in the area.

The Waggon and Horses, on Bent Lane, has been closed for more than a week, and its brewery Thwaites is now trying to find a new licensee.

The last landlord to run the establishment was Terry Penzer, who previously managed the Queens Hotel on Golden Hill Lane for three years, before moving out in September 2010.

The Queens also closed in February this year, and people are now wondering why the Waggon and Horses is no longer open.

Councillor for the area, Sarah Tomlinson, said: “I was shocked to hear the Waggon and Horses had closed, because it was quite a popular place.

“I think it was mainly locals going in for a regular drink rather than families and people visiting from out of the area which made it busy, but people still enjoy having somewhere like that to go.

“Pubs are central to small communities, and there’s nowhere else within walking distance for people living in that area now.”

She added: “It’s sad to hear that another Leyland pub has closed, and I think people are really disappointed about this.

“It’s a shame and it will be missed, but I think it’s a sign of the times.

“I just hope that this is temporary and the pub re-opens soon.”

Thwaites brewery said it is working hard to find a replacement for Terry and his wife Judith, who the Guardian were unable to contact for a comment.

Director of Pub Operations, Andrew Buchanan, said: “The Wagon and Horses has temporarily closed while we recruit a new licensee, but we have some great people waiting in the wings and the pub should be open for business again very soon.”

- Do you know why the pub has closed? Email or call 01257 264911.