Mine hosts retire from Cliviger pub

Graham and Carole Knott at the Queens Hotel
Graham and Carole Knott at the Queens Hotel
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It’s the end of an era at The Queen Hotel, Cliviger.

Graham and Carole Knott pulled their last pint of Cliviger News last week, two years after taking over the Burnley Road pub.

“It’s been a memorable experience,” said Graham. “During this time we have totally renovated the pub upstairs and downstairs, inside and out. We wanted to make it a warm and welcoming place where everyone, young and old, male and female could come and feel comfortable and part of something, a true community pub in the heart of the village. People have embraced the changes we’ve made and we have received great support from the whole village and further afield.”

Highlights during the couple’s reign have included celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Clarets boss Sean Dyche opening the pub on his first public engagement and Irish bingo.

“A modern pub has to offer more than just a pint of beer to remain viable, people want more these days. It’s that reluctance to change why so many pubs have closed. But communities have to play their part and support their local pub, a community pub is a partnership, if you don’t use it you will lose it.”

The pub will now be run by Andrew and Lorraine Eddlestone.

As for Graham and Carole. “Feet up, family time and lots of travelling,” according to Graham. “Not forgetting following the Clarets’ adventure in the Premier League. After that, who knows...after all we have tried retirement before and ended up buying a pub!”