A St Helens pub is to be given a new lease of life under the guidance of a young local entrepreneur.
National pub operator Punch is investing more than £400,000 in a major renovation of The Windle on Hard Lane. The project is the first significant investment in the pub for over 20 years and involves a complete internal refurbishment as well as improvements to the garden and car park.
In addition to a new look, The Windle will also have a new publican, 30 year-old Michelle Peake.
Born and bred in Liverpool, Michelle is no stranger to creating successful pub businesses having taken on the Red Lion at Lowton in 2014 and transformed it in to a thriving community local. She is now hoping to do the same at The Windle.
She said: “The Red Lion was the first pub I’d ever run. It was quite daunting at first but I’d worked with my dad for several years in his ice cream business and I simply applied everything I’d learnt about customer service. As soon as I heard The Windle was being refurbished, I knew that with the right kind of management it would have the potential to be a great pub.”
Michelle is now busy recruiting up to 20 new members of staff to work at The Windle including four chefs to help prepare the new menu. Expected to be particularly popular is the range of smokehouse grill dishes, including chicken wings, ribs and beef brisket.
Sport will also play a big role in the new-look Windle. In addition to a pool table and darts area, there will be large screens playing all of the major sporting fixtures from Sky and BT.
Publican Development and Training Manager for Punch, Alex Felix-Thomas, said: “I’m delighted to be involved in this project, which will return The Windle to being the hub of the local community. It has a great location and excellent facilities, including a large garden and children’s play area. With Michelle at the helm I am sure that it will be hugely successful.”
The Windle will re-open on Friday 17 March.