MP, Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle, took time out to visit two historic community pubs in Chorley that had benefitted £200,000 investment in the last 12 months, and created ten new jobs.
The Bay Horse on Wigan Road opened in September with a visit from a rather different type of ‘regular’ in the emu that created a viral sensation last year; and Prince of Wales on New Market Street, opened a year ago to the day of Mr Hoyle’s visit.
True to the community spirit of the locals, customers were welcoming of Sir Hoyle trying his hand at pouring pints over an idle Friday afternoon chat whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the traditional British pub with sport, local ales, and many other reasons to visit.
“I was impressed with the recent renovations at pubs and in particular the awesome fund raising efforts at the Bay Horse last year of over £4,000 for local hospices Rosemere and St Catherine’s.
“I was made to feel right at home by the whole of both teams, engaging in some very interesting conversation which is what a local pub is all about,“ commented Sir Hoyle.
“The Bay Horse is an important part of the local community and we were delighted that Lindsay came to meet us and see the success of our pub,” added manager Peter Hufton.
Area Manager from Stonegate Pub Company Craig Southall commented: “The investments forms part of our annual £50 Million spend developing pubs all across the country providing enhanced community facilities, and creating jobs and careers for people of all ages. Hospitality is an important business sector generating significant income for government and we are pleased that Mr Hoyle recognises the importance of the local pub.”