Re-opened pub is a real family affair

Debbie Cann at The Dalton Arms.
Debbie Cann at The Dalton Arms.

Business is booming at a village pub which has been re-opened by a mum and daughter.

The Dalton Arms in Glasson Dock, had been empty for nine months.

But new tenants Debbie Cann and her mum Sue helped owners Thwaites to spend £25,000 on refurbishing the historic pub after deciding upon a career change.

Debbie, 46, is a former debt and welfare benefit supervisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Morecambe, and also worked for the national housing charity Shelter in Blackburn.

Sue remains a family mediation worker, and will have a part-time role at the 200-year-old pub.

Debbie said: “Our family have lived in Glasson Dock for three generations and with fond memories of The Dalton Arms we wanted to help bring the pub back to life.

“After 13 years working in the financial sector I felt it was time for a career change and offer something back to the place where I grew up.

“With help from Thwaites and support from the locals we’ve been able to transform the pub.

“Structurally, nothing has changed. But the pub has been newly decorated, with new pictures on the walls and we have also done up the car parks.

The business is a real family affair, with mum of two Debbie being helped both by one of her daughters, 18-year-old Ashleigh, and her husband Geoff.

And business at the pub, which is located on Ten Row, has got off to a flying start, with beer sales up 85 per cent compared to last year.

Debbie added: “We are very much a local pub.

“We have a quiz night every Tuesday and we have also got folk music on here with The Fiddle-dees on Wednesday nights.

“The home-cooked food is also going to be a big part of the experience.

“Our chef Teri-Ann Roe will be preparing traditional pub food like sausage and mashed potatoes.

“But we will also have things liked mixed grills and steaks and there will ne themed nights.

Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations at Thwaites, said: “Debbie’s career change shows a determination and dedication that I’m confident will ensure The Dalton Arms prospers.

“It’s great to have a mother and daughter at the helm and I wish them all the luck for the future.”

Catering to ale lovers the pub now serves a wide range of Thwaites’ cask ales including award-winning Wainwright and best bitter, Original.