New dawn at Blacko pub

Landlord Andrew Duxbury (front) with the Moorhouses chairman Bill Parkinson, financial controller Nigel Ramsey and director Ian Parkinson.
Landlord Andrew Duxbury (front) with the Moorhouses chairman Bill Parkinson, financial controller Nigel Ramsey and director Ian Parkinson.

A glass is sure to be raised at the news that a popular village pub has reopened with new licensees at the helm.

The Moorhouse’s owned Rising Sun in Gisburn Road, Blacko, has been revamped and relaunched, following a short closure, by publicans Andrew and Andrea Duxbury, who also run Blacko’s Cross Gaites Inn.

Andrew and Andrea have long experience in the pub trade – Andrew’s family had the Barley Mow at nearby Barley for several years.

The couple plan to rebuild the Rising Sun as a venue for locals and visitors. Already a darts team has been established, with traditional food also on offer.

The former weaver’s cottage was recommended in the Good Pub Guide 2015 and has received praise in past editions of the Camra Good Beer Guide.

Andrew said: “We know the village well and feel that it deserves two good pubs. We look forward to working with Moorhouse’s, a well-respected local brewery which has been very supportive to us in our work to relaunch.

“We want the pub to be a venue for everyone and have already got the darts going.”

Nigel Ramsey, Moorhouse’s financial controller, said: “We warmly welcome Andrew and Andrea as new tenants at the Rising Sun, which is a real gem in our small pub estate. With their experience, we are confident that they will do a great job in re-establishing the pub as part of the fabric of village life, while also giving a very warm welcome to people visiting the beautiful Pendle countryside.”