Saturday, 4 April 2015


There was a touch of irony, as I set off on my beery travels recently. A Thwaites owned pub was my destination. And news was just breaking, about the intended sale, of a large slice of their beer division, to rivals Marstons.

Thankfully, their "Crafty Dan" microbrewery will remain at their Penny Street headquarters. And we await further details of the takeover, in the next couple of weeks.

So, to the job in hand. A visit to the newly refurbished Hare and Hounds, Clayton le Moors,Accringon. A pub that in all fairness, had seen darker times prior to the £130,000 refurbishment, by the Blackburn brewer.

Situated on a busy crossroads, it looked like money well spent, as I walked into a bright, 

contemporary and very roomy, oblong shaped interior.

The design was very impressive. A spacious main bar area, with three separate off-rooms, all with their own character and charm. Perhaps the "comfy room" being my favourite. It boasting a most attractive, brick surround, open fireplace, leather settee and armchairs, fixed bench seating - and a not too large TV screen, for BT and Sky Sports fans.

Adjacent to the "comfy room", via an archway, is a dining area. It looked resplendent with its dark oak tables and chairs, open fire place. And a polished oak, high backed settle. An ideal area to take advantage of the extensive, home cooked menu.

Food is served every day, except Monday (Tuesday -Thursday 12-3 and 5-7.Fri-Sun. 12-7). There is traditional roast on Sunday. In three guises, namely, lamb, chicken or ham shank. There is also a two for £12 offer, on selected meals.

Staff member,Nicola, who had worked here before the refurbishment in October 2014, said: " It's been a lot busier since the improvements, for both the food and drink. Quiz night on Thursday is very popular. And there is live entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Nicola was serving behind the L- shaped bar, with its impressive polished oak top and brass foot rail . Three cask ales from Thwaites on offer. I plumped for the tried and tested, Lancaster Bomber at £2.70. A slurp of caramel malt sweetness and moderate bitterness - an average tipple. Thwaites brew many superior ales in my opinion.

The beverage was consumed in the off-room with the pool table. Another nice area, with pictures of old Clayton and Great Harwood, adorning its walls - a feature throughout the pub.

Thwaites have made a great job, updating this once tired and rather run down hostelry. It now looks superb both externally and internally. Mine hosts Kath Skellorn and Paul Crook are obviously doing a fine job too, during their present period of tenure, making the pub popular once more.

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