Plans for landmark pub to become Italian eatery

The former Bull and Butcher pub.
The former Bull and Butcher pub.

A landmark Burnley pub is set to be transformed into an Italian restaurant.

The former Bull and Butcher, in Manchester Road, has been empty since Indian restaurant, the Ashoka, left the building in 2010.

Plans for a Tiggis restaurant and 10 three and four-bedroomed houses were submitted to Burnley Borough Council by Lugano Developments in 2013.

Those plans never materialised and the San Marco group, who boast a collection of restaurants in the Preston area, have now submitted an application.

It proposes the refurbishment of the existing building including a single storey extension to the rear.

The application talks about restoring the building to its former glory as a gateway into Burnley.

“The existing building is to be refurbished extremely sympathetically and generally making good of existing finishes and openings throughout. The proposal has been designed to utilise existing openings to the front elevation keeping the buildings character intact.

“A single storey extension to the rear of the building will house the kitchen and seating space, materials have been selected to match the existing with natural stone plinths and white rendered walls. Large glass openings create the feeling of openness and reduce the opacity of the extension reducing its impact on the surrounding environment.

“Views from the north looking down on the Bull and Butcher have inspired the addition of a sedum (green) roof to the extension to help the building sit within the surrounding context.”