Restaurant to re-open

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A LANDMARK restaurant is to re-open this summer, it has been revealed.

Burlingtons, which shut its doors in Broughton, near Preston, in March, has a new owner.

Pub operator Mitchells and Butlers has agreed a deal to buy the pub, although the exact details of the deal have not been disclosed.

The Birmingham-based firm plans to add it to its Vintage Inns brand which already has 200 “country” pubs and restaurants.

A spokesman for Mitchells and Butlers said: “We are pleased to have completed a deal to purchase the pub.

“It is our intention to reopen the pub as part of our Vintage Inns collection of country pub restaurants which have individual charm and a focus on good quality, affordable food, cask ales and wines. At this stage, we anticipate opening for business in August once a refurbishment has been completed.”

Burlingtons Dining Rooms and Bar Limited, which had traded on the Broughton crossroads for 18 years, was placed in the hands of Manchester administrators BDO at the end of March.

It came months after the venue, which previously had an annual turnover of £1m, was exposed for having a dirty kitchen.

Bosses were hit with a £3,000 fine, plus almost £2,000 in costs, after pleading guilty to three food hygiene offences last August.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard it “put public health at risk” with dirty kitchen floors, walls and door handles – and risked attracting mice.

Environmental health inspectors had found there was a danger of contamination from chopping boards which were in a “poor state”, food not being properly labelled, and staff not washing their hands correctly. The then head chef, who was also a company shareholder, resigned immediately.