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18th November 2014


Nelson pub, the Shooters Arms has unveiled its new look following the completion of a major renovation works rounding off £130,000 worth of investment by award-winning Lancashire brewer, Daniel Thwaites.


The popular Burnley pub, which is over 350 years old, was officially re-opened this weekend by some of Thwaites’ special guests, the famous Shire horses, Wainwright and Bomber!


Licensee Mandy Lawson, who started her career within the pub industry at the Shooters Arms over 25 years ago has overseen the entire project alongside her husband Jeff, which includes improvements to both the interior and exterior frontage.


Commenting on her time at the Shooters Arms Mandy said: “Something keeps drawing me back to the Shooters Arms! I started working here just over 25 years ago behind the bar and even though I left for a year I still managed to find my way back. The Shooters Arms has a place in the hearts of the local community, and I really want to be able to turn it around and create a place where people want to come to enjoy themselves and relax.


“The revamp will make a huge difference – the place has changed dramatically and I think customers really will be pleasantly surprised with what has been achieved over the last 5 weeks. We now have a lot more space to utilise – rooms which we haven’t been able to use in the past have been made warm and welcoming.”


In addition to the full interior and exterior refurbishment, the Shooters Arms will be serving traditional homemade food.


Mandy added: “This is a great opportunity for us – the Shooters Arms has traditionally been a drinker’s pub, however, with our new food offering we’re hoping to attract customers from far and wide.”


Following the improvements, the pub will extend its selection of quality hand-pulled Thwaites cask ales including Original, Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber.


Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations, commented: “Mandy has done an incredible job on the renovation, she has a great history with the establishment and is determined to turn it around and make it a success. She’s put a lot of energy into ensuring that her vision becomes a reality and the future of this historic pub couldn’t be in better hands.”


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Image 1 – Landlords Mandy and Jeff Lawson, raise their glasses as the Pub celebrates its refurb with Richard Green and Jonathan Jones looking on with the Thwaites Shire Horses.


Image 2 – Landlady Mandy Lawson behind the bar at the Shooters Arms in Nelson.




For more information, please contact:

Aimi McNeill: 01625 506 429, mob 07500 123909,

Eleanor O’Connell: 0113 2372826

Claire Grew: 0113 2372825, mob 07786 091987,


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.


In addition, Thwaites supplies a full range of drinks to many independently owned pubs, clubs and restaurants in the North of England and beyond and a wide range of bottled beers to most major supermarkets.


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