MP visit to Hyndburn Bridge

MP visit to Hyndburn Bridge

Graham Jones MP, took his turn behind the bar at The Hyndburn Restaurant & Bar in Accrington, to find out how licensees Stuart and Melanie Blackledge have turned around the pub’s fortunes since taking on the pub a year ago.

Prior to their taking on the lease of the Hyndburn Restaurant & Bar, it had been closed for a year.  Thanks to their hard work and a joint £340k investment with Star Pubs & Bars, Stuart and Melanie have put the pub back on the map. Trade is now buoyant with the couple regularly serving meals for around 350 over a Saturday and Sunday.

They are already booked up on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day and only have a couple of tables left for their New Year’s Eve celebrations which include a seven-course tasting menu.

Since opening, the couple have started running a pub quiz on a Thursday and created a cocktail bar for Winter months, which is proving popular with regulars and people holding celebrations at the pub.  They have also just started opening for breakfast seven days a week, from 9-11am. 

Stuart explained: “Opening for breakfast was something we had always planned.  But we’ve been so busy, it’s only now we’ve been able to draw breath and do so.”

“We love living here and running a pub.  It’s been a change of life but we and the kids really enjoy being at the heart of the community.

“It’s been a whirlwind of a year.  Everybody has been so friendly and encouraging.  Feedback from locals is that it is much nicer living close to a thriving pub, rather than a derelict one.

“We’d like to thank all our customers for supporting us in the last year and to thank the community for making our family feel so welcome.  Hyndburn Bridge is definitely home.”

Graham Jones MP, said:  “Hyndburn Bridge is a fantastic business and it was a pleasure to visit the pub on Friday. As well as providing more than 20 jobs in the constituency, the pub has contributed to Hyndburn’s community spirit, having been transformed from a derelict building into a community hub. Stuart and Melanie are doing a great job, at a time when British pubs are sadly on the decline. I wish Hyndburn Bridge all the best and hope its successful opening year is replicated in 2017.”

Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs & Bars added: “Stuart and Melanie have done a great job with the Hyndburn Bridge Restaurant and Bar.  Great service is second nature to them.

“The Hyndburn Bridge closed because it didn’t appeal to enough people.  Customers want comfort and great quality food and drink.  The investment gave them the first and the Stuart and Melanie and their team work hard to provide the rest, ensuring they meet and exceed customer expectations.”