Pubs and Bars

Imagine Inns opens fourth pub and provides facilities for local station users

North west pub company Imagine Inns is opening its fourth pub this week following a £500,000 investment with Star Pubs & Bars.

The refurbishment has transformed The Railway at Bromley Cross near Bolton into a “family-friendly” pub serving food and also offering facilities for users of the village station.

The pub will open at 6am on weekday mornings serving coffee and snacks to travellers and providing free Wi-Fi and USB points. Live train arrival and departure times will be on display along with railway timetables in two rooms, which have been designed in a Victorian waiting room style complete with a real fire.

Imagine Inns’ director Mike Hales, said: “There’s no café at the station and it’s a real issue, especially for the hundreds of early morning commuters into Manchester when the trains are delayed or the weather is poor. It was a service local people were crying out for. Our pubs are all about serving their communities and we’re pleased to help out.

“I had a clear vision for the pub and Star has been very open to it – we’ve ripped out what was here and started again. It has been a huge project and it’s been good to have their support and expertise.”

The Railway is expected to have a 50/50 wet/dry sales mix and to attract “drive to” trade as well as local residents. It will offer an all day menu of locally sourced and freshly prepared food, a separate menu for vegans, and an extensive drinks range including gins, local cask ales and carefully selected wines.

David Pritchard, Star Pubs and Bars operations director for the north west, said: “The Railway is a prime example of why we’re so committed to investing in pubs at Star Pubs & Bars.

“A refurbishment in partnership with an entrepreneurial operator was essential to its future viability and it’s now a hub for the community as well as a destination for the wider area. The Railway has all the trademarks of an Imagine Inns’ pub – individuality, creativity and fantastic hospitality.”

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