White Lion Pub set for roar­ing suc­cess af­ter ma­jor re­vamp

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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.

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