Ribble Valley pub reopens after six month refurbishment

The team at the newly opened Aspinall Arms at Mitton. (s)
The team at the newly opened Aspinall Arms at Mitton. (s)

A popular riverside pub has finally re-opened its doors to customers again, after almost six months of a root and branch restoration.

“It’s hugely rewarding to see how well it has turned out.” said Chris Humphries, the landlord of the Aspinall Arms at Mitton.

”It’s a very handsome building with character in spades, and now we’ve built a large garden room overlooking the Ribble and re-arranged the interior, it has become the classic riverside pub it has always promised to be. We’ve landscaped the gardens and created a large terrace on the banks of the river, which will be a fine place for a spot of lunch with friends and family.”

There is also a large curved bar at the heart of the pub.

“I like to think we have established a very warm, chatty and civilised atmosphere with open fires and fine old furniture,” explained Chris adding that the Aspinall is a “classic English riverside country pub without the blight of television, loud music, gaming machines or pool tables”.

A warm welcome is extended to walkers and cyclists at the pub, with open fires and stone-flagged floors, and water and biscuits for dogs.

Food is an important part of the business with the menu consisting of classic British dishes and some from around the world.

“Some 35 local people have joined the crew,” continued Chris, “and, being a northern lad myself, I’m really looking forward to being part of the local community. It’s very friendly round here.”