Lowton’s Church Inn is preparing to open its doors once again after being taken over by new management who have committed to returning the pub to its glory days.
The Newton Road pub never reopened following the first lockdown and no pints have been pulled there for almost 19 months.
But now Same Again Pubs Limited have taken on the Church Inn, and work has been taking place to get the pub ready for a grand reopening on Friday 24 September at 12pm, with food being available, subject to deliveries arriving.
Katie Catelani from Same Again Pubs, an independent company, said: “We love pubs and saw them slowly disappearing so decided to set up and start operating our own in 2017.
“Being independent we try to offer something a little different to the chain pubs. We see the pub as an integral part of the community and wish to put the Church Inn back at the heart of this community.”
The plans involve making the Church Inn the “go to” place for food, drinks or entertainment, with themed days such as pizza and prosecco Saturdays and Sunday Lunch Club. The new owners have been busy sprucing up the pub, redecorating throughout, fitting new flooring and furniture.
An exclusive preview of what to expect inside the new-look Church Inn…
If you want to see the newly made over Church Inn in all her glory, you’ll need to get along and see for yourself. However, her new owners have given us two tantilising images offering a little taster of what to expect…
Great food and great sport at the heart of the offer
Once open, Katie says The Church inn will offer a menu which will include “pub classics” like pies, pasta, fish and chips, sandwiches and freshly made sourdough pizzas. Whilst their dessert menu will feature lots to tempt those with a sweet tooth and include treats like waffles with multiple toppings, the best part of the offer is most main meals and pizzas are available on 2 for £12 all day every day.
And, if people may still feel unsure about eating out, Katie says the Church Inn will consider offering a food delivery service if there is a demand for it.
Sport will also be a large part of the offering at the Church Inn, showing live rugby and football. There’ll also be a heavy emphasis on sports that punters can take part in. “The pub teams and leagues will be very important to us”, says Katie.
In fact, the new management have been working closely with Luke Davies, who runs local salon Kaos, to get the pub ready for hosting games in the local darts league – and thanks to Luke’s expertise, Katie says the darts set up at the Church Inn should be “like nothing else in the area”. You can join the Lowton community darts league online at www.lcddarts.co.uk.
New manager Kirsty Walsh and her team are now working flat out to get the pub ready for its grand re-opening. Like all pubs they’ve been putting a lot of thought into improving their outdoor space.
The pub has two gardens to its rear, and Same Again Pubs are installing a climbing frame for children into one, whilst the other will become an ‘adults only’ space with a large screen to show sports.
They also hope to have a “busy entertainment calendar” with a weekly quiz, and monthly live acts and karaoke.
It all sounds great and we can’t wait to have a look around once its open!
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