Grindleton Community Pub has been formed as a Community Benefit Society (The Society) and is now registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The Society is the legal entity through which we can work to raise the funds necessary to purchase the Duke of York, undertake refurbishment work and appoint a tenant to run the business for the benefit of the community.
This community can save The Duke of York from redevelopment by purchasing it at a realistic price, refurbishing and re-opening it as our own Grindleton Community Pub – the first in the Ribble Valley. This is a one-off opportunity and we really should not let it pass us by.
The Duke of York is a Grade II listed building. It is nationally recognised as being an important part of our architectural heritage and deserving of considerably more care and attention than it has had in recent years. There have already been numerous conversations and approaches from a wide variety of people both within and beyond Grindleton offering practical assistance and financial commitment showing that there is a strong level of support to save the Duke of York and safeguard its future. The plan is to appoint a professional tenant with the experience and skills to run the pub & cafe as a profitable and successful business for the benefit of all villagers and the wider community. We will set a fair rent and agree a lease with the tenant who will run the pub as a free house selling food and drink. The rent will be set at a level that gives the tenant the opportunity and incentive to run a profitable pub and café business, and which will provide the revenue for us to maintain the building and repay any loans.