300-capacity Lathom pub to reopen after seven years

By Tim Aldred

24 Oct 2023

RIng O Bells

The Ring O’Bells in Lathom is set to reopen seven years after serving its last pint.

The country pub has undergone a complete renovation since closing down in 2016. It is set to reopen on November 4th, debuting its new design featuring a 325-cover capacity and open, spacious bar area with views out onto the canal at the rear of the venue.

A number of original features have also been retained, including open fireplaces and flooring, which has served to improve the sustainability of the project.

A series of green design decisions include the addition of solar panels, a brand-new set of ground-source heat pumps to reduce energy consumption and a set of electric charging stations for vehicles in the pub’s carpark.

The menu will feature a range of locally sourced produce, with focus being placed on supporting Lancashire-based farmers by purchasing from butchers and farm shops in the region, with its menu being set by highly experienced head chef Melchor Obongen.

The drinks selection will feature a wide range of local ales to highlight great breweries in the Lancashire region.

The venue will also create a total of 30 new jobs.

Paul Harrison, general manager for Ring O’Bells, said: “Across the venue there’s a real sense of excitement ahead of our opening next month. The pub has been refurbished from top to bottom, with a real design-led approach that will attract customers from both near and far.

“We’re also acutely aware of the importance of sustainability and energy efficiency, particularly in an industry as energy-heavy as the hospitality sector. We built in the idea of efficiency from the ground up, with elements such as heat pumps and solar panels allowing us to offset some of the naturally high usage you get with a venue such as ours."

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