Blind Tiger Inns, the group led by former Weston Castle director, Chris Tulloch, is to open its 12th pub.

The group has taken the lease on The Talbot in Euxton, Chorley with Star Pubs & Bars and is investing in a joint £320,000 refurbishment of the pub which is due to reopen in late May.

It is the 11th pub the group has taken with Star and will see the kitchen replaced and a new menu introduced featuring pizzas and burgers as well as traditional British pub grub. The pub’s opening hours have been extended to 11am to enable it to serve morning coffee. The large lounge will be revamped with booth and high level seating to cater for different groups of customers. The sports bar will be extended and 12 new screens installed.

Outside the dated pub will be redecorated and partially clad and a new patio area will be laid. At the rear, an enclosed children’s play area will be put in and the garden zoned to create different areas for alfresco eating and drinking.

Lawson Mountstevens, managing director for Star Pubs & Bars said: “Blind Tiger Inns are highly experienced operators in the community pub sector and have a great local knowledge of the Chorley area and the opportunities it presents. The investment in The Talbot will enable it to adapt to the community’s changing needs and expectations and to thrive for the long term.”

Tulloch said: “The model is a good one; it enables us to expand without tying up significant capital and has proved profitable and cash generative for us,” says Tulloch.

“If the right opportunity presents itself, we’re interested in expanding further and have the capacity to grow to 20 sites with our existing infrastructure. We’ll consider sites with and without capital expenditure planned where we can add value within a two hour drive of Chorley.”

Tulloch stepped down from Weston Castle earlier this year. As revealed by MCA last week, the group filed a Company Voluntary Arrangement at the end of March.

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