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The Court Leet opens to Ormskirk patrons

JD Wetherspoons latest venture is proving a hit with locals

The entrance to the Court Leet

Wetherspoon's new venture in Ormskirk, The Court Leet, on Wheatsheaf Walk is due to see 900 Ormskirk residents walk through its doors this weekend.

The official opening date for the 3,500sqft pub has been set for next Tuesday but some lucky residents have been offered the chance to sample the pub's wares before the rest of the general public.

The Advertiser was among those who got an exclusive preview after speaking to manager Nathan McGovern about his hopes for this weekend and the future.

Nathan, 25, said: “We're really happy with how it's going so far, luckily the sunshine has come out for us and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. We'll be seeing around 300 people each day and it's a good chance for the staff to get used to serving the public before the big opening on Tuesday.

“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.

The roof terrace is a unique feature to the pub, with no other Wetherspoon's in the region having the same attraction.

56 jobs for West Lancashire people have also been created as part of the venture.

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.

The pub will open at 8am until 12am Sunday to Thursday and on the weekend will close at 1am.

The pub will be wheelchair accessible, with a lift to the first floor terrace, and it has a specially-adapted toilet for people with disabilities.

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.”

The Court Leet will be officially opened by the Mayor of West Lancashire on Tuesday morning at 8am.

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