Goosnargh pub gets new lease of life

Managers Julie Hall and Mark Anderson join locals outside the Grapes
Managers Julie Hall and Mark Anderson join locals outside the Grapes

A pub in Goosnargh has re-opened its doors following a makeover.

The Grapes Inn on Church Lane saw hundreds attend the launch night when residents and staff from neighbouring Oliverson’s Primary School, had the chance to sample the new menu and the pub’s signature cake.

James Waddinton, of Inglenook Inns and Taverns, said: “Since the launch we have been really busy and all of the feedback was extremely positive. Everyone is amazed by the new décor, especially the map of the local area.

“Customers have commented that it is still the ‘local’s local’ and everyone agreed the pub had maintained its traditional country inn feel, but had been given a new lease of life.”

Refurbishment work was undertaken at the pub for four weeks costing £180,000 by new operators Inglenook Inns and Taverns and owners Punch Taverns.

“We have been really busy and since we started doing food, it has really taken off.

“On the opening night we invited customers to put forward their favourite Goosnargh duck or chicken recipe and the favourite would feature on our main menu.

“From the out-set we are looking to get the locals involved, we will be sourcing our products from local suppliers that we know and trust; our fruit and vegetables will come from farmers nearby – we will even be having our own Grapes-inspired flavoured sausages.

“We have also been working closely with Oliverson’s and running a competition for the school children to design the cover of our children’s menu. Alastair Ingram was the overall winner.”

The pub’s managers are Mark Anderson and Julie Hall.