Britain’s biggest bar opens in Clitheroe

Louise Williams, duty manager at the Bowland Beer Hall.

Clitheroe has a brand new bar and it could be the biggest bar in Britain. The Beer Hall, at Holmes Mill, has a giant horseshoe-shaped counter that measures an impressive 105 feet and eight inches long!

And the people at James’ Places, the business behind the Beer Hall, are claiming the title of the UK’s longest bar – unless anyone else knows any different?

“The longest continuous British bar up until now is thought to be the Horseshoe Bar in Glasgow, measuring 104ft and three inches,” group marketing manager, Heidi Kettle, said. “According to our measurements – and we had to buy a special surveyor’s tape measure to check because conventional ones just aren’t long enough – the Beer Hall takes the crown unless anyone out there knows differently?”

The bar at the Beer Hall houses 42 artisan cask ales including the full range of beers from the Bowland Brewery plus regional beers from Lancaster Brewery, York Brewery and Dark Horse Brewery.

Bowland Brewery’s brews include Hen Harrier, named after the rare bird of prey which is found in the Forest of Bowland, with a penny from every pint sold going to the RSPB’s work to protect the bird. The aim is to always have 24 cask ales on the bar and fridges full of beers in bottles and cans.

The new venue is part of a £10 million project to bring a historic industrial building back to life as a food, drink and leisure hub. Subsequent phases of the rejuvenation of Holmes Mill will include a hotel, gym, pool and urban spa, plus a food hall. The whole scheme, expected to be finished by mid-2018, will bring up to 180 new jobs to Clitheroe, providing a welcome boost to the Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland area.

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