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Big plans as Wetherspoon’s chain prepares to open first Ormskirk pub

Locals can see inside before The Court Leet opens on May 20

Nathan McGovern outside The Court Leet in Ormskirk

Wetherspoon's new venture in Ormskirk, The Court Leet, on Wheatsheaf Walk, is due to open this month.

The official opening date for the 3,500sqft pub has been set for May 20.

The Advertiser spoke to the pub’s manager, Nathan McGovern, about his plans for the future ahead of the opening.

Nathan, 25, said: “We’re getting really excited for the opening, we get the keys in the next couple of weeks and then we’ll start getting everything ready for the opening.

“We really want the pub to be a place where everyone is welcome, we’re planning on catering for students, but also for local people, young and old.

“We want to encourage more people to come into Ormskirk town centre and spend locally and we think a Wetherspoon’s can do that as people seek out our chain when looking for something to eat and drink.

“So far we’ve had a really positive reaction from the local community and people are happy that there’s a Wetherspoon’s opening in the town, it’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while so it’s great that it’s finally happening.”

The pub, which cost £1.5m to develop, boasts a roof terrace and open-plan beer garden and is able to sit over 450 people.

It has also created 56 jobs for West Lancashire people have also been created as part of the venture, with all staff already recruited and currently in training.

The name of the pub harks back to a medieval court that existed in Ormskirk around the 1600s and is believed to have been located near the Wetherspoon’s site.  

JD Wetherspoon has twice been turned down when trying to open in the town but a council spokesman said in January 2013 that planning permission was granted this time because the borough planner was satisfied that the development complied with planning policies, as it would not have a detrimental impact on the vitality and viability of Ormskirk town centre.

Nathan said: “I’ve really enjoyed my job so far and I’m excited to take the next step on the ladder by making Ormskirk one of the best of Wetherspoon’s pubs.

“I can’t wait to get started and hope that people really enjoy coming into our establishment.”

Locals also have the chance to sample the new pub before its official opening date with Nathan and his team handing out invitations to come and see the bar on the weekend before the opening.