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28th September 2015


Melissa & Lance Montgommery

The Anchor Hotel in Darwen, revealed a brand new renovation project earlier this month, following a £60,000 investment with award-winning Lancashire brewer Daniel Thwaites.


Licensees, Melissa and Lance Montgommery headed up the operation, combining their efforts, to make the Darwen establishment more accessible to families and older members of the community, while also giving the pub’s exterior a revitalising uplift.


Lance said: “We have always had a lot of pride in our pub’s appearance, making decorative changes almost every year. Melissa and I have noticed that our regular clientele has become more varied over the last few years and we now see many more young families, as well as older and less abled customers from the local nursing homes coming through our doors, so we made it our aim to become as accommodating as possible to these groups of people.”


The Anchor now boasts a disabled toilet with baby changing facilities, as well as flat level access at all entrances and wider doorways to make entering the pub easier for wheelchair users.


“I’m also delighted with the exciting changes we’ve made to enhance our existing outdoor beer garden,” Melissa said, “we really wanted to develop a more fun and sociable outside area for children and adults alike. We’ve added an impressive eight by ten foot chess board, an outdoor pool table and a flat screen TV for our avid sporting fans. Overall, Lance and I couldn’t be happier with the refurb and the positive feedback and appreciation we’ve received from our customers has been wonderful. ”


Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations for Thwaites, commented: “Lance and Melissa have done a fantastic job in recognising a need amongst their customers and successfully rectifying it. Their attention to detail and the amount of pride they have in creating the best facilities they can for their patrons is thoroughly appreciated and we are proud to have them as part of the Thwaites family.”




For more information, please contact:

Claire Grew: 07786 091987

April Kerr: 01625 506 431


About Daniel Thwaites

Daniel Thwaites is the North of England’s major independent family brewer. Founded in 1807, Thwaites has a rich heritage providing welcoming hospitality and award-winning beers that are brewed with skill and care from the highest quality ingredients.


Thwaites owns an estate of over 300 pubs, a small but growing group of characterful coaching inns and six four-star full service regional hotels and spas, which trade under the Shire Hotels banner.





April Kerr
Account Executive

Tel: +44 (0)1625 506 431
Mob: +44 (0)7713 393 581


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