£180,000 revamp planned for pub after turnaround

Publicans Debbie Blackshaw and Simon Malings
Publicans Debbie Blackshaw and Simon Malings
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A one-time failed Fylde pub has capped an astonishing turnaround by announcing it is to undergo a major revamp early next year.

The Station Tavern shut its doors in 2011 for several months as pubs across the country experienced issues with spiralling rent costs and transport prices.

But the pub soon re-opened and was taken over full-time by Simon Malings and Debbie Blackshaw earlier this year.

After a successful few months for the duo, Star Pubs and Bars, which own the Tavern, has promised £180,000 towards revamping the inside of the building, once the railway station for Lytham.

Debbie said she was delighted by news of the planned investment: “We are having a new bar, new carpets, curtains and changing the inside slightly with a designated eating area.

“We still want to have local bands coming down to play, which has been hugely popular. It will be a big job.”

The pub will close on January 6 and re-open on February 7, and it’s hoped a famous name will be on hand to help relaunch the pub.

For Debbie and Simon the revamp is more good news for the pair, who get married on Saturday at the Clifton Arms Hotel in the town.