Closed pub to be restored to its former glory

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A VETERAN landlord is on a mission to restore a popular pub to its former glory.

The Lostock Arms in Junction Lane, Lostock, closed in 2011 and fell into disrepair, to the dismay of regulars.

But businessman Philip Entwistle snapped it up and drew up plans for its renovation.

At a meeting on Thursday, Bolton planning committee backed the plans and now it is full steam ahead to get the Lostock Arms back up and running.

Mr Entwistle intends to build a first-floor extension at the back of the pub and a single-storey porch extension with a balcony on top.

He also plans to revamp the car park — adding eight spaces to make 33 — and give a modern feel to the pub.

Mr Entwistle, who also runs The Top Lock in Chorley and the Spinners Arms in Adlington, said: “I want to create a spectacular interior and turn it into a pub that our customers can be proud of. I’m hoping to buy a 1920s-style bar that came from a London pub and there will be a real focus on real ale and food cooked on the premises. We’re hoping to create up to 25 jobs and work will begin in the next few months.

“I don’t want to put a time on the finish date, but the aim is to make real progress by next summer.”

The extensions will replace existing extensions that are not of a high standard, Mr Entwistle said.

Two Middlebrook Drive residents formally objected to the project.

One wrote: “I am concerned that the balcony could present a noise nuisance as people will be using this balcony to smoke in the evenings and this is directly opposite my bedroom.”

In response, the council ruled the balcony cannot open between 10pm and 8am.

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9:36am Mon 15 Oct 12

oftbewildered2 says...

hats off to this man and good luck in his venture
hats off to this man and good luck in his venture oftbewildered2
  • Score: 9

10:08am Mon 15 Oct 12

tommy says...

Brilliant news. I was saddened to watch the slow demise of this pub. Its location on the Middlebrook trail means that it was a perfect halfway point for cyclists/walkers.

I'm glad to see that someones taking the risk to renovate it. I'm sure it'll be successful again.
Brilliant news. I was saddened to watch the slow demise of this pub. Its location on the Middlebrook trail means that it was a perfect halfway point for cyclists/walkers. I'm glad to see that someones taking the risk to renovate it. I'm sure it'll be successful again. tommy
  • Score: 7

10:43am Mon 15 Oct 12

Nibelung says...

He must know what he's doing but why did it close last time and why did no one take it over when it was still in working order ?
He must know what he's doing but why did it close last time and why did no one take it over when it was still in working order ? Nibelung
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Womble says...

If the food is as good as it is at the Top Lock, then it'll be a great pub. Good luck!
If the food is as good as it is at the Top Lock, then it'll be a great pub. Good luck! Womble
  • Score: 5

5:05pm Mon 15 Oct 12

wild one says...

Nibelung wrote:
He must know what he's doing but why did it close last time and why did no one take it over when it was still in working order ?
because it didnt get support from its own locals....
[quote][p][bold]Nibelung[/bold] wrote: He must know what he's doing but why did it close last time and why did no one take it over when it was still in working order ?[/p][/quote]because it didnt get support from its own locals.... wild one
  • Score: 2

5:53pm Mon 15 Oct 12

jonolakes says...

All the best - anybody getting a pub off the ground in this current climate deserves a medal - lovely building....good luck!!
All the best - anybody getting a pub off the ground in this current climate deserves a medal - lovely building....good luck!! jonolakes
  • Score: 3

6:21pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Nibelung says...

wild one wrote:
Nibelung wrote:
He must know what he's doing but why did it close last time and why did no one take it over when it was still in working order ?
because it didnt get support from its own locals....
Well I'm sure they can afford to visit the pub round there, might go the same way.
[quote][p][bold]wild one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nibelung[/bold] wrote: He must know what he's doing but why did it close last time and why did no one take it over when it was still in working order ?[/p][/quote]because it didnt get support from its own locals....[/p][/quote]Well I'm sure they can afford to visit the pub round there, might go the same way. Nibelung
  • Score: 0

8:12pm Mon 15 Oct 12

lindlandl says...

Maybe it just has to be the right pub for the area. I think a real ale pub with good food (as someone mentioned it is very good at the Top Lock) could be very successful in that particular location. Really looking forward to trying it out!
Maybe it just has to be the right pub for the area. I think a real ale pub with good food (as someone mentioned it is very good at the Top Lock) could be very successful in that particular location. Really looking forward to trying it out! lindlandl
  • Score: 1

9:35pm Mon 15 Oct 12

SmoggyDiasboro says...

I'm not sure what the upstairs Private Members Lounge is all about thought? I wouldn't have thought the trainspotters find much of interest through Lostock Junction
I'm not sure what the upstairs Private Members Lounge is all about thought? I wouldn't have thought the trainspotters find much of interest through Lostock Junction SmoggyDiasboro
  • Score: 1

2:21pm Thu 25 Oct 12

gazza80 says...

wild one wrote:
Nibelung wrote:
He must know what he's doing but why did it close last time and why did no one take it over when it was still in working order ?
because it didnt get support from its own locals....
Actually, the 2 blokes who were running it trashed it before doing a runner. It was strange, they spent a bit of money on it, got it looking nice and started showing the football again. Then one saturday night, we were in there, one of the landlords was sat at the end of the bar getting quietly drunk and the lad behind the bar was just handing random shots out for free and at 1 point even the bottle of tequilla was passed around. A good night was had by all! That was the last time it was open. We got told after that, he smashed the incoming water main and flooded the cellar and went on a rampage through the pub trashing it. At this point it was still owned by the brewery. Locals loved the place and i'm sure now its an independent and aiming to serve good food and real ales it will thrive. Can't wait for it to open again. Duke of Welly is too far of a walk!
[quote][p][bold]wild one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nibelung[/bold] wrote: He must know what he's doing but why did it close last time and why did no one take it over when it was still in working order ?[/p][/quote]because it didnt get support from its own locals....[/p][/quote]Actually, the 2 blokes who were running it trashed it before doing a runner. It was strange, they spent a bit of money on it, got it looking nice and started showing the football again. Then one saturday night, we were in there, one of the landlords was sat at the end of the bar getting quietly drunk and the lad behind the bar was just handing random shots out for free and at 1 point even the bottle of tequilla was passed around. A good night was had by all! That was the last time it was open. We got told after that, he smashed the incoming water main and flooded the cellar and went on a rampage through the pub trashing it. At this point it was still owned by the brewery. Locals loved the place and i'm sure now its an independent and aiming to serve good food and real ales it will thrive. Can't wait for it to open again. Duke of Welly is too far of a walk! gazza80
  • Score: 1

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