A popular pub will be reopening just in time for Christmas, after being taken over by a new company.

The Waggon & Horses in Westhoughton temporarily closed in March, until the One Vision Group took over in October.

Work is currently being carried out on the outside and inside, with plans to close the pub down briefly in April for a complete refurbishment, worth a potential £190k.

Managing Director of One Vision Group Reece Kilcoyne said: “It’s very exciting, and it’s an iconic site.

“It’s a shame it’s been closed for so long, no one has grabbed it.

The Bolton News:

“That’s why we grabbed it and went for it.

Punters will still be able to enjoy all their traditional pub classics, all homemade.

Some of the people that used to work at the pub will also be returning.

“It will be a lovely, clean, and tidy pub.”

One of the big jobs at the pub will be turning the outside garden, not only into an outside bar, but also a beer garden, complete with a pizza oven.

The Bolton News: Reece hopes that this will not only be the highlight of the summer, but a destination place people will want to visit.

Reece said: “There are just benches in a field at the moment, and I want it to be a destination point.

“I want it to be a destination point.

“It could be something so great in the summer, and the place to be.”

Reece set up the company two years ago, after being in the pub industry since he 16 as a glass collector, and gradually working his way up, until he ran his own pub at 19.

The Bolton News: He currently has six sites, including some pubs, and a hotel.

Reece said: “We are just in the final stages of redecorating.

“When this pub came up, we thought it was the wrong pub to shut down, so we invested money into it to get it open again.

“Next year we want to have 10 sites all around where we are now, and bring jobs for people, and local community pubs.”

The pub has a rich history, and there are around 18 different style windows across each section of the pub.

Each window represents and illustrates a moment in local history, with numerous Coats of Arms including those of Leigh, Hulton, Browne of Brinsop and Ryland.

Reece is hoping that the pub will be able to open the week of December 4.

They are currently recruiting for more staff.

Anyone interested should send an email to Waggonandhorses@onevisionpubco.com.

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