Village pub goes back to future

Patricia Phillips, landlady at the newly-renamed Clifton Arms in Warton
Patricia Phillips, landlady at the newly-renamed Clifton Arms in Warton
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A VILLAGE pub has gone back to the future as it aims for a new lease of life at the heart of the community.

The former Pickwick Tavern has reverted to its original name of the Clifton Arms following the arrival of Patricia and Frank Phillips as tenants.

As well as the change of name, the couple, who are from the Manchester area, have already introduced an extended food menu and have held events for charities such as the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and an extensive refurbishment is planned for the New Year.

“We are delighted with the feedback from customers,” said Frank. “The pub is in a great location with so much potential and we are keen to make the most of this opportunity.”

On the new-look pub website, Frank and Patricia say they pride themsleves on quality of food, value for money and a friendly and warm atmosphere and Coun Julie Brickles, who represents the village on Fylde Council and is also vice-chairman of Bryning with Warton Parish Council, said the couple’s arrival, plus the change of name, had been welcomed by the entire village.

“We received a lot of feedback in the Parish Plan that the Pickwick had become rather run down,” she said. “The pub is the heart of the village and it is good for it to have new tenants and a new name.”

Coun Susanne Cunningham, who also represents the village on Fylde Council, added: “The pub looks wonderful. Anything which brings business to Warton is very welcome and I wish the new tenants every success.”