A popular Chorley pub that Harrison Drury helped to secure for the current owner is proving to be a big hit with customers after undergoing a £100,000 refurbishment.
The Dressers Arms in Wheelton was originally rebuilt within one year after it was damaged by a fire in 2014, and has now undergone a further renovation after being bought by hospitality boss Jack Catterall, who also owns the adjoining Little Hong Kong restaurant.
Jack acquired the pub from former landlord Steve Turner in July 2016 and the pub closed again at the beginning of September so it could receive its latest facelift.
He said: “This is a great building and I wanted to put my own stamp on it. We’ve opened the place up to create a bit more space. We’ve also modernised the décor but we’ve also kept the character and charm of the property.
The bar has doubled in size and we’ve improved the bathrooms too. Our customers say they really like what we’ve done and the pub has been busy since we reopened last month.”
Jack was advised on the purchase of the Dressers Arms by Harrison Drury’s David Filmer and Owen McKenna.
David Filmer, head of HD’s corporate team, said: “The food and drink industry is a very competitive one and it takes someone with a certain kind of character and set of skills to make it work.
Jack has shown great determination to make a success of the restaurant and now it seems he is also making a success of the Dressers Arms too. It’s great to see the place doing so well.”
Jack has run the Little Hong Kong for four years but had to temporarily close his own business after the fire that gutted the Dressers Arms in April 2014 also partially destroyed his own property. Both businesses were, however, back up and running within a year after the properties were rebuilt.
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