Family restaurant opens its doors

Opening of The Whistling Wren at Leigh Sports Village Leigh rugby stars Paul Rowley and Ryan Brierley join licensees Steve and Andrea Richardson and deputy manager Lesley Smith and staff as they cut the ribbon to officially open the newly built pub.
Opening of The Whistling Wren at Leigh Sports Village Leigh rugby stars Paul Rowley and Ryan Brierley join licensees Steve and Andrea Richardson and deputy manager Lesley Smith and staff as they cut the ribbon to officially open the newly built pub.

A NEW family-friendly pub at the Leigh Sports Village has opened its doors.

The Whistling Wren, owned by national chain Marston’s, has opened its doors in a prime location near the home ground of the Leigh Centurions rugby league club.

The team also played its part in the opening, with Centurions coach Paul Rowley and player Ryan Brierley helping to cut the ribbon.

However, the chain has confirmed that the eatery, which has created 45 new jobs in the area, will not be primarily aimed at the sports market or be a drinking pub, with the emphasis on food and family-friendly dining

The pub and restaurant will cater for up to 180 diners and offers a range of daily specials accompanied with a wide range of wines, lagers and traditional cask ales.

The pub will also help cash-strapped punters enjoy a few luxuries during the recession, with two for one dining offers available, while anyone looking to get away from slaving over a hot stove during the festive season can now start booking for the Christmas Day and Christmas Fayre menus.

Andrea and Steve Richardson will run the new pub and say they are excited to have taken on the challenge of getting The Whistling Wren off to a good start.

Andrea said: “We have a superb team working alongside us and it’s a testament to their hard work that our pre-opening weekend went so well. We feel that The Whistling Wren can become an essential part of this community for years to come.”