Work Starts On £310k Refurbishment Of Stanhill Pub


<p>Heineken-owned <a href="">Star Pubs &amp; Bars</a> and new licensee and local chef Brian Healy have begun work on a £310,000 refurbishment of Stanhill’s only pub, The Stanhill. The investment will restore it to its former glory as a great village pub and introduce good food and cask ales as well as adding a children’s play area. The pub is due to reopen as The Stanhill Pub &amp; Kitchen in mid February creating 20 new jobs.</p>

<p>The revamped pub will pay homage to Stanhill’s history as the village where James Hargreaves invented the Spinning Jenny. The Stanhill will have its own house beer, Hargreaves Ale, to commemorate the inventor. The Spinning Jenny will feature on the pub’s sign and in a special display of historical community pictures and sewing machines will be used in the décor.</p>

<p>The outside of the building will be restored and repainted. The garden will also receive a makeover with new decking and seating for 70 as well as a secure children’s play area.</p>

<p>The inside will be completely redecorated and refurbished to make it more contemporary and comfortable but without losing its traditional feel. The emphasis is on creating a welcoming atmosphere the whole community can enjoy with a traditional bar complete with a range of cask ales and darts board, a lounge area with soft seating and sofas and a section for dining. There will be new toilets and Sky and BT sports will be added.</p>

<p>A kitchen upgrade will enable The Stanhill to serve freshly prepared food. Ingredients will be sourced locally wherever possible with meat coming from Whittakers butchers in Oswaldtwistle and Pennys butchers in Clayton. Brian is also investing in a barista quality coffee machine and will open the pub early for breakfast on Sundays.</p>

<p>Lancashire born and bred, Brian grew up in pubs in Blackburn where his parents were licensees. He formerly ran Healy’s Wine Bar and Brasserie in Accrington before fire forced its closure. Says Brian: “I’ve driven past The Stanhill for over twenty years. I’ve always admired it and thought what it potential it had, never thinking I’d be lucky enough to be its licensee one day! I want to bring it back to life and make it a family friendly pub that Stanhill can be proud of and where everyone feels at home. As a chef, serving good food is a priority for me but The Stanhill will be very much a pub that serves food, not a restaurant.”</p>

<p>Star Pubs &amp; Bars regional operations director David Pritchard added, “We’re delighted that Brian is working with us to revive The Stanhill’s fortunes. He knows and loves the area, is a fantastic chef and is passionate about serving great beer and creating an outstanding village pub.”</p>