Tony and Louise take on pub in town

The new landord and landlady of the Waggon and Horses, Bent Lane, Leyland, Tony Porter and Louise Coulter
The new landord and landlady of the Waggon and Horses, Bent Lane, Leyland, Tony Porter and Louise Coulter

A popular family pub will open its doors again this weekend, after being closed for the past six months.

A new landlord and landlady have moved into the Waggon and Horses on Bent Lane in the town, and are looking forward to bringing it back to life.

Tony Porter, 50, and Louise Coulter, 54, have experience running pubs, but have never ventured into Leyland before.

Louise said: “We came across the pub on the internet and drove down one evening to look at it.

“I know it might sound silly, but we sat in the car park and just had a really good feeling.

“We could really see ourselves living here and running this pub, even before we walked through the door.

“It’s a really nice area; I think Leyland is a lovely little town.

“I’m getting to know my way round quite a bit now.”

She added: “We were looking for somewhere with a kitchen and facilities to have live bands and artists, as well as discos and karaoke, because we’ve found that type of thing to be very popular and successful in the past.”

The couple, from Preston, moved into their new home last Tuesday, and have spent the week decorating the place from top to bottom.

Louise said: “We’re really looking forward to opening the pub and meeting all of our new customers.

“We’re very hands-on and we love working behind the bar and chatting to people, mixing with our customers.

“We’re very friendly!”

The community pub will keep its name, and the pair plan to serve traditional evening meals once the kitchens are done up, which won’t be in time for the opening this Saturday.

They’ve also created an area of the large bar which is just for youngsters, so children and teens can order soft drinks and food without being amongst the adults.

“We’ll also be looking at holding family fun days and theme events once we’re up and running,” Louise said. “The first one we’re organising is a Halloween night on November 2, with a band and a disco, and fancy dress!

“I really hope people come along and see us.”

Andrew Buchanan, Director of Pub Operations at Thwaites said: “The Waggon and Horses is a popular pub, and we’re delighted to welcome Tony and Louise.

“We were keen to work with the right people for the pub and I’ve no doubt that the hard working duo will make it a huge success.”