Cheers as pub gets new name

Cheers: Andrew Hogton, manager at the newly-named Bell and Bottle pub
Cheers: Andrew Hogton, manager at the newly-named Bell and Bottle pub

The firm running the Farmers pub, in Garstang, has changed both its name - and the name of the pub!

Town and Country Inns, based at Nateby Technology Park, has rebranded itself as Tangerine Taverns while the revamped Farmers re-opened on Friday as The Bell and Bottle.

A company spokesman said the decision to change the pub’s name had been prompted by the stimga of the problems associated with the pub building several years ago when it was known as the Farmers’ Arms.

For much of the past three years the pub had traded as an Italian restaurant, Salvatore’s, before the lease was taken over earlier this year by Town and Country Inns, run by businessman Ross Wallis.

A spokesman for Tangerine Taverns said the company was in the process of buying the freehold of the building from owners Punch Taverns.

He declined to reveal the purchase price but said the deal should be completed in the new year.

Company boss Mr Wallis said: “The pub has seen considerable investment over recent months and now offers a fantastic two main meals for £10 menu as well as private function and conference facilities.”

He added: “We have re-branded this month following a large scale expansion of our business. The company now employs more than 500 staff members.”

New manager at The Bell and Bottle is Andrew Hogton, already a familiar face in Garstang having been employed in local pubs all his working life.

Andrew said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of re-launching The Bell and Bottle. It’s a stunning pub in a great location.”

The newly named inn is is one of 56 pubs run by the Nateby-based chain.

Scottish and Newcastle brewery this week began advertising for new leasees for The Wheatsheaf pub, Park Hill Road, Garstang.