Pub bosses bid to raise the bar

The team at the Hest Bank Inn. From left, pastry chef Lauren Dainty, head chef Dougie Fishwick, Robert Marshall-Slater and Robert Glenn.
The team at the Hest Bank Inn. From left, pastry chef Lauren Dainty, head chef Dougie Fishwick, Robert Marshall-Slater and Robert Glenn.

One of the Lancaster district’s most historic inns has undergone a £100,000 facelift.

The refurbishment at the 16th century Hest Bank Inn has seen the removal of a conservatory to provide more outside seating near the canal.

Beautiful wooden floorboards have been exposed and the interior has been redecorated in warm, heritage colours.

A gallery room has been created to display work by local artists.

The current exhibition is by Caton’s Chas Jacobs and Lancaster and District Art Society members Norman Shadwell and Colin Pickering.

Robert Glenn took over the Punch Taverns pub in Hest Bank Lane, Hest Bank with fellow chef Robert Marshall-Slater more than five years ago.

Prior to that they used to meet up there for a drink on Friday nights following busy weeks heading up the catering department at Lancaster and Morecambe College.

“With so many pubs closing this huge investment shows we are really bucking the trend,” said Robert Glenn.

“This inn has been here for 500 years and we want to ensure we play a major part in its future.

“The past five years have gone so quickly and we wanted to thank all our customers who have supported us by making a few cosmetic improvements.

“It’s a really busy place during the summer and we wanted to ensure it’s a comfortable and cosy place to visit in the winter as well.”

The pub recently took on head chef Dougie Fishwick, who works alongside pastry chef Lauren Dainty and chefs de partie Duane Downham, Lee Weatherall and part time chef Heath Darcy.

Robert Marshall-Slater, who is also now the head of hospitality at Kendal College, said that one thing that would not be changing was the pub’s “good honest food”.

He said: “We have retained all the old favourites like hotpots, pies and the very popular steak nights on Thursdays and also have a specials menu which changes weekly.

For more details about the pub visit www.hestbankinn.com.