Historic pub saved from extinction

Bowlers enjoy a game in fine sunshine at The Raikes Hall and (below) landlady Natalie Bailey behind the bar.
Bowlers enjoy a game in fine sunshine at The Raikes Hall and (below) landlady Natalie Bailey behind the bar.
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AN HISTORIC local pub is re-opening after being given a new lease of life.

The Raikes Hall, a former private home on Blackpool’s Liverpool Road, opens its doors on Thursday after the venue was saved from extinction.

The Raikes Hall landlady Natalie Bailey behind the bar.

The Raikes Hall landlady Natalie Bailey behind the bar.

Following its closure two months ago, which led to much uncertainty surrounding the pub’s future, the building has been refurbished and updated.

The Raikes Hall’s new manager Natalie Bailey told The Gazette: “We are offering a traditional pub going back to traditional values.

“The general feeling from past managers we have had is the pub has not done itself any favours which is a shame and I think local people have fallen out of love with it.

“Nobody has given it the tender loving care it has needed.”

Built in 1750, the Grade II listed building was adapted as a hostelry in the early 1800s, but began to suffer when the recession struck and first closed in 2009.

But under the ownership of Trust Inns, its unique enclosed bowling green, one of the pub’s most popular features, will remain, while wifi internet and Sky television will be installed to modernise the facilities.

Mrs Bailey added: “I’m very excited. The pub has been cleaned within an inch of its life and I can’t wait to welcome people through the doors.”

Talbot ward councillor Mark Smith added: “Pubs have struggled in the economic climate, but we need to get them thriving so people can feel a part of the community again.”