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Leisure sector team helps Ed and Laura secure lease for 18th century Ribble Valley pub


An historic Ribble Valley pub is looking forward to a bright future after gaining new landlords, with help from Harrison Drury’s leisure and licensing team.

Ed and Laura Ashton have taken over the Lower Buck Inn at Waddington from former landlord Oliver Clegg, who has left the inn to pursue other business interests.

Originally built in 1760, the sandstone pub is known for its large open fire, 70 capacity bar and five bespoke, ensuite letting rooms.

Ed was previously the general manager at The Brown Cow in nearby Chatburn. Commenting on taking over at the Lower Buck, Ed said: “Laura and I are extremely pleased to be taking on this much-loved pub and putting our own stamp on things.

“It’s a beautiful building that’s full of character, and I know it’s very dear to the hearts of locals. We’re looking forward to meeting everyone, and also working to make sure the Lower Buck Inn is recognised as a top destination in the Ribble Valley.”

Harrison Drury advised Ed and Laura on securing a lease for the pub, also providing corporate legal advice and support with licensing matters.

The firm’s advisory team included Tim Grover and Chloe Wishart from the corporate team and leisure sector specialist Samantha Faud who advised on commercial property and licensing matters.

Samantha, associate solicitor at the firm, said: “We’re thrilled for Ed and Laura who have exciting plans for the Lower Buck. This is great news for the future of such a well known Ribble Valley hospitality venue and it also shows the strength of the leisure sector in the area.”

The Lower Buck Inn is open for drinks every Wednesday to Sunday from midday, with plans to start serving food later in the year.

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