Padiham pub leads real ale revival

REAL ALE: Landlord Stefan Riley toasting the success of real ales at The Hare & Hounds in Padiham.'Photo Ben Parsons
REAL ALE: Landlord Stefan Riley toasting the success of real ales at The Hare & Hounds in Padiham.'Photo Ben Parsons

A landlord is toasting the real ale revival at his Padiham pub.

Stefan Riley (36) has seen sales of ale soar at the Hare and Hounds pub, in West Street.

Mr Riley, who runs the hostelry with wife Laura (35), is aiming to make the pub the leading watering hole for real ale enthusiasts in the town.

He already has four cask ale pumps on at the pub selling popular local beers from the likes of Worsthorne Brewery and Bowland Brewery.

But, following the success of artisan ales from around East Lancashire, he hopes to entice more drinkers by adding two more real ale pumps on the bar.

Mr Riley, who has been refurbishing the free house pub since taking over in October, said: “Everyone is into real ale at the moment and we want to be known for putting on good ales. It is something I’m really passionate about. I am always willing to try out different local breweries and ales.

“We don’t have a permanent beer on all the time – we change it barrel by barrel all the time. People want variety and to try something new.

“Our main focus is the real ale. We want to be Padiham’s premier cask alehouse.”

Despite the Express reporting that 50% of Padiham pubs had closed since 2000, Mr Riley believes the town’s pub trade can thrive and is determined to make the Hare and Hounds a success.

“There is still life in Padiham and plenty of promise,” he said. “It is a great little area and it’s a good local pub. It’s getting busier and busier. The pub is on the up. I just want to build it up. We’re always open to new ideas and societies coming in.”