Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft set to complete deal for second pub

31 October 2006
Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft set to complete deal for second pub

Ribble Valley Inns (RVI), the Lancashire-based group behind the Three Fishes pub, has joined forces with Thwaites brewery for its second gastropub venture.

Catey-winning duo Nigel Howarth and business partner Craig Bancroft are set to complete the deal for The Highwayman at Nether Burrow on the borders of Lancashire and Cumbria within a fortnight.

The property, which is currently derelict, is due to open in 2008 after a £500,000 refurbishment. The pub is set to follow in the tradition of the group's other property, the Three Fishes and focus on sourcing local produce.

Bancroft said: "We are very positive about the recent negotiations for the lease of this property and everything is online for a successful opening in early 2008. As with our other properties, the Highwayman will champion regionality, regional producers and British classics."

Bancroft and Howarth, who also run the Michelin-starred Northcote Manor restaurant in Blackburn are also looking to secure a further three sites in Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire within the next five years.

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