It’s safe to say that the pubs, bars, and restaurants are what really bring our quaint little town, Lytham St Anne’s, to life. Just 3 months ago the square was bursting with people, cocktails and pints in hand, eagerly awaiting another wonderful summer. As lockdown is beginning to ease and the sun is coming out, Lytham is starting to show signs of life, with The Queen’s reopening for takeaway drinks, and many other restaurants offering takeaway food.
One pub we have eagerly been waiting to reopen is the newly refurbished Fairhaven Pub, which is situated on the outskirts of Lytham St Anne’s, just a 30 second walk from the beach and Fairhaven Lake. A historic building originally built by Boddingtons Brewery as The Fairhaven Hotel, completed in 1897. The original building was later demolished in the 1970s, replaced by a block of flats and later, The Fairhaven Public House.
After 3 long years of closure, Robert Benson and Gina Mancini finally reopened the pub and welcomed customers along with their 4-legged friends back through the doors. However, after only 9 months of service, the pub was forced to shut their doors for the foreseeable future, along with pubs and restaurants across the country, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having reportedly spent a six-figure sum on renovating and refurbishing the pub, and only having opened for 9 months, the pub was given barely enough time to make profits. This has been a devastating blow to Robert and Gina, who were ecstatic to move back to the Fylde Coast and start their beloved business. It is down to this that the owners are faced with a tough decision as to whether they should re-open or not. Considering the reduction in revenue immediately after lockdown is lifted due to the 2-metre rule, it is possible that they will not turn a profit at all.
With this in mind, one of the Fairhaven Pub’s valued customers, Jacqui Adams, has recently come forward to set up a Just Giving donation page, where members of the public may donate to the pub’s cause. The target amount is £50,000 which is a chip off the six-figure number it cost the owners to reopen. With this amount there may be light at the end of the tunnel for the business, enabling them to get back on their feet and welcome us all back once the lockdown is lifted.
In order to restore Lytham St Anne’s to its former glory, we implore our readers to kindly donate what they can to this cause, and help reinstate The Fairhaven Pub, we cannot wait to see their doors reopen and their business booming.
Please donate to the Just Giving page set up by Jacqui Adams: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/supportfairhavenpub