They are now seeking a tenant to run the Bay Horse Inn when it reopens after refurbishment of the pub which has been closed since last September following a kitchen fire.
“The response has been fantastic,” said local businessman, Paul Dawson, who led the campaign. “We’ve had pledges ranging from £1,000 to £50,000; we got off to a fantastic start and it snowballed. Now we’re waiting for lawyers to complete the transaction.
“It’s important that we get the right team,” Paul explained. “They’ll get fantastic support from the village, and we want to attract diners from all over Pendle. It used to be the busiest pub in the area, and we want it to be so again.”
Resident Robert Carson added: “Roughlee is a lovely village in the Forest of Bowland, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. But we don’t have a village shop, church, or cafe. To lose the pub would have turned Roughlee into a commuter village.
“The village is famous for its links with the Lancashire Witch trials in the 17th Century, and locals joke that the pub must be cursed. But the real curse has been high brewery rents that have forced out tenants.”
For further information contact Paul Dawson on 01282 693 953 or Robert Carson on 01282 696 997.