A LOCAL pub company has transformed a Leigh pub and renamed it the Canal Turn.
Formerly The Wheatsheaf the Canal Turn, on Chapel Street, has been given a completely new lease of life, a new character and new managers to allow it to become the centre of the local community.
Warrington based company Bravo Inns took on the pub.
Its operations director, Mark Dean, said: “We buy run down and closed pubs across the North West and refurbish them to a high standard before relaunching them, which is what we’ve done with Canal Turn.
“In its latter years The Wheatsheaf had a bit of a bad reputation, but we have relaunched is as the locals’ local and have given it a completely new lease of life.”
Prior to Bravo Inns taking over the pub had been derelict for about six months, but it stepped in and gave it a £160,000 refurbishment before reopening it just last week.
Canal Turn now shows all major sports and has Sky TV as well as racing channels, its new managers Sarah and Christopher Coleman, who live in Leigh, also pride themselves on offering beers at discounted prices.
A pint of Carlsberg is just £1.98 while Tetley’s bitter is just £1.85, bosses are also encouraging sports teams to make the pub their home.
Mark said: “We want the public to know that we have given this pub back to the community and have gone back to basics to give them a friendly local.
“We also want to encourage local sports teams to make us their base - darts, pool and snooker teams are all welcome and if anybody is interested in being based here they just need to get in touch.
“We would love the community to get behind the new pub and help it to become the good quality, friendly local we know it can be.”