White Lion Pub set for roaring success after major revamp
A FORMER Corrie star was a guest of honour at the reopening of a town centre pub.
Charlie Lawson, who played Jim McDonald in Coronation Street, was invited to The White Lion, on High Street corner, which has undergone a major refit.
Charlie, who is joint owner of Prestbury Farm Shop, which is meat supplier to The White Lion, join publicans Neil Stevenson and his son Chris Holland for the event.
Neil, who previously ran the The Pack Horse at Broken Cross, said: “We are delighted with how The White Lion looks after all the work that has gone into it. It looks amazing. We hope it will be a pub for everyone - we are right at the heart of Macclesfield so we hope office workers, business people, shop workers and those who want an evening or lunch out will visit. Our beer garden will be second to none - definitely the best in town.”
The pub now boasts an improved outside terrace and a new large pergola area featuring TVs, a sound system and its own bar.
Inside, there are more spacious surroundings for diners during the day and early evening and for live music at night. Music memorabilia including signed clothing, limited edition discs and posters can be found throughout The White Lion and new lighting and signage have improved its outside appearance.
Neil and Chris have introduced a Hot Wing and Pizza concept to The White Lion which offers a wide choice of menu items including seafood, ribs, burgers, pizzas and wings. Music will play a big role, and the pair are calling for local and talented soloists, duets and bands to get in touch so that a programme of live music can be developed for inside and out over the summer months.
Alex Felix-Thomas, partnership development manager for Punch, which is the pub’s brewery, said: “Neil and Chris have developed a very successful pub at The Pack Horse, and I am confident their experience and expertise will help make The White Lion a great success too.
“Its much improved outdoor space in particular will be perfect for the summer months in such a town centre location, and the spacious lounge area is ideal for the local bands planned.
“I look forward to supporting The White Lion’s team as they develop the business going forward.”
●● Charlie Lawson (centre) with Chris Holland, general manager for the White Lion and Pack Horse, White Lion manager Holly Marsh, Neil Stevenson and his wife Panisara.