A POPULAR pub in the heart of Lowton is undergoing a "significant refurbishment" to ensure its stability and survival.

A longtime favourite in Lowton, there were fears that the Church Inn had been lost for good after it was closed for 18 months during the pandemic.

Following this period of emptiness, residents feared that the building may be sold off and converted into flats until local businessman Chris Catelani stepped in to save the pub in late 2021.

However, despite the makeover of the Newton Road pub three years ago and its popular food menu and darts teams, pubgoers noticed its closure in recent weeks.

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Leigh Journal: Leigh MP James Grundy marking the reopening of the pub in 2021Leigh MP James Grundy marking the reopening of the pub in 2021 (Image: Kevin Parry)

Despite the closure, Admiral Taverns, the pub company that owns the Church Inn, confirmed that this is a temporary measure while another refurbishment occurs inside the venue.

The brewery said that the pub will open next month under its 'Proper Pubs' division, with more details set to be released in the coming weeks.

A spokesperson for Admiral Taverns, commented: “We can confirm the Church Inn, Lowton is currently closed whilst it undergoes a significant refurbishment to ensure the pub can continue to sit at the heart of the community.

"The pub will be reopening in July under Admiral Tavern’s award winning operator division, Proper Pubs and we will update on our plans in due course.”