Name of the pub:

The Queens Hotel

Address of the pub:

Bradley Lane, Bradley Fold

Landlord/landlady name:

Sean Hornby

How long have you been the landlord/landlady for?

Too long...11 years

Bar staff and their names:

Ebony, Courtney, Sophie, Andy and Rhiannon

Give us some history about the pub:

The Queens was built in 1824 because the Bolton to Bury railway line was coming and there was lots of local industry in Little Lever. There was a bowling green which went about 40 years ago. The old pavilion is still there and the bowling hut is used. Underneath the old canopy there are 16 photographs of the old railway and even a picture of the last train going through the area in 1972. It has been refurbished a few times. It was closed in 2010 then Thwaites re-opened it and I came in.

Is food served? If so what’s on the menu?

We don’t serve food yet but I am looking to set up a link with Bury Catering College and provide some in Easter.

Is there a beer garden?

Yes, large beer garden as when the bowling green went we put in a children play area and then another 36 or 37 benches which came in handy when outdoor drinking came in.

Do you have any darts/snooker/pool teams?

No, when the pandemic came, we got rid of the table and we have a family feel.

Most popular drink served is:

Fosters is the most cheapest option and Coors was the second one. San Miguel is also popular as well as Thwaites Smooth and Gold.

Most memorable moment at the pub:

I think it was when we re-opened after lockdown. The sight of people’s faces with a return of normality. In lockdown we had a Whatsapp group to stay in contact with our old people if they were okay and gave them food if needed.

Do you have an entertainment line-up?

We have a dreaded karaoke which I indulge in at the end of the night.

Have you faced any challenges?

The toughest thing was the pandemic

The best thing about running a pub is...

It is not like work at all, both my job as a councillor and a landlord. I am a people person and love to meet people.

The worst thing about running a pub is...

Unsociable hours and demands of it but I still love it.