The Burlington pub has reopened under the name the Spen Dyke and its revamp has paid tribute to its historic relationship with the nearby Arnold School.
The reopening is a result of a partnership between Cumbria Ale & Food House Ltd and Greene King Pub Partners, three years in the making.
General manager Karl Harrison and Greene King Pub Partners business development manager Barrie Aspinall attended the school and said they were delighted to invest in the pub.
Aspinall said teachers and parents used to meet at the pub and he worked there for a short period.
He said: “When I joined Greene King around two years ago and discovered the Burlington would be one of my pubs, it brought back a lot of memories.”
Greene King bought the site in 2016 and it needed a lot of work before it could be reopened.
Aspinall continued: “It’s been fantastic to have the opportunity to investment such a significant sum in refurbishing the pub and turning it into a modern, great-looking asset for the entire community.
“The pub and the nearby school historically always had a close connection and with the school now back open with a new lease of life, it’s fantastic that the pub looks like it has a bright future ahead of it as well.”
The investment marks a continuation of several investments in Lancashire and Merseyside, according to Greene King Pub Partners managing director Wayne Shurvinton.
Shurvinton added: “I’m delighted we have been able to restore the Spen Dyke to its former glory.
“This marks another major investment in the north-west area following similarly large-scale refurbishments last year at the Old Black Bull in Preston and the Coach & Horses in Maghull, underlining our commitment as an investor in pubs and people.”
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