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Freckleton pub to close for a major refurbishment

Following on from the successful refurbishment of The Eagle at Weeton, six months ago local pub operator Ross Robinson is alongside Star Pubs & Bars, HEINEKEN’s pub business1, now undertaking a major upgrade of its sister pub, The Ship at Freckleton.

The pub will be closed from 14th October through to 24th November while building work takes place and 18 new jobs will be created when it reopens.

£330,000 is being spent sympathetically improving the décor and facilities at The Ship at Freckleton, which has stunning views overlooking Freckleton Marsh. It dates back to the 14th century and is believed to be Fylde’s oldest pub.2

The team has run the pub for the last 18 months getting to know the local area and its customers and is keen to maintain the building’s original features, quirky character and cask ale reputation, whilst bringing it up to date and broadening its appeal.

Ross Robinson said: “The Ship at Freckleton is a lovely country pub but it needs a bit of love. 15 years ago it was thriving but in recent times it has become dated and tired.  Locals have had to travel further afield for somewhere comfortable to relax and enjoy themselves.  Not for much longer! The quality and level of investment in the décor will be similar to The Eagle at Weeton, making it a drive-to destination for dog walkers, bird watchers, local businesses like BAE Systems and people living and working across the Fylde coast. It will be an inviting place for a coffee and cake, offer home cooked dishes and of course our delicious Sunday lunches!”

As a result of the investment the seating capacity will increase from 90 to 120.  There will be a characterful old-fashioned ‘Captain’s deck’ on the first floor with tables and chairs seating 29 that can also be used for private events & functions.  This will lead on to a new first-floor outside viewing platform offering alfresco dining for 12. There will also be a cosy private dining room called ‘The Captain’s Cabin’ with a striking circular compass table seating 16 guests, as well as reclaimed naval light fittings, maps & artwork.  And for larger parties wanting to celebrate in style, the whole first floor and viewing platform can be booked. 

Downstairs, the loos are being moved to create a new bar area for 30 drinkers with a communal high table seating eight customers where they can relax and enjoy bar snacks and fresh barista style coffee in the day as well as ale, prosecco and cocktails in the evening.  There will also be a counter for customers to buy sweets and dog treats including cupcakes for dogs.

The exposed ceiling and brickwork are being retained.  Two open fires and being reinstated to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and timber floorboards, flagstones, rustic wood wall panelling, and foliage fitted to enhance the pub’s character. 

The beer garden, which overlooks the marshland and seats 80, is being landscaped by Greg Anderton at Leafy Lytham with wooden garden furniture restored or replaced, new flagstones and decking laid as well as festoon lighting and gas heaters fitted to create a magical setting on summer evenings.  There will also be a sheltered area for drinkers underneath the new viewing platform.

Once open again, The Ship at Freckleton will host a weekly pub quiz, carols by candlelight in December, and a variety of events including cheese and wine tastings, murder mystery and gourmet catering nights as well as summer community events and barbecues.

The menu at The Ship at Freckleton will include lunchtime specials and lighter dishes like salads and sandwiches and great evening dishes including fresh fish, steaks, lamb and other great cuts as well as home-made burgers and pies, and classic fish & chips alongside a top Sunday Roast.

The drinks range will be extensive, from Heineken served extra cold and Birra Moretti, through to national and local cask ale. There will also be a range of premium local gins like Black Powder Weeton Gin, an exclusive wine list, mocktails, cocktails and artisan soft drinks.

David Pritchard, regional operations director of Star Pubs & Bars said: “This will be the second investment we’ve done with Ross in six months and like The Eagle I am confident it will be a great success.   The pubs have their own unique characters but have in common high standards, great food and drinks and both will be refurbished to a high standard when The Ship at Freckleton is finished.

“Christmas is coming early for the residents of Freckleton, not only will the pub be open for December, it gives the village a destination pub to be proud of. I wish Ross and his team every success with their new venture and am looking forward to toasting its success.”

Although closed from 14 October, the pub will be taking bookings for the festive season on 01772 965230 enquiries@theshipfreckleton.co.uk

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