Inspired by tales provided by Belthorn residents, Adam Hughes has created four short stories that focus on one community, the Belthorn community. Locally Brewed was commissioned by Inn Crowd when lockdown meant that live performances were no longer possible in pub venues. Instead, Adam has spent the summer remotely gathering words and gaining an insight into Belthorn life.
Listen to our stories here:
A Different Class Duo
A Losing Game
Can I Get A Pint
One Man and His Shed
The Stories are also all reproduced in this special edition Dog’s Life:
The Dog Inn bar, coffee shop and restaurant will close on Wednesday night (4th November) at 10pm until 2 December.
We intend to open the shop between 11 and 4 on Saturday (in order to continue with popular our bread order) and between 2 and 5 on Friday. We have volunteers to cover those times. We will keep this under review and may be able to open for longer hours or more days if there is enough demand and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in the shop, please contact Kath Sharpe on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 27th October
The board are happy to announce that Nic Machell will be the new manager of The Dog Inn as successor to Craig Steele.
We are also happy that we are not be losing Craig’s experience, knowledge and skills – he has been training Nic up for her new role and will be continuing to mentor and support her.
Craig has been manager on a voluntary basis for three years. He will now be able to spend more of his retirement taking a well earned rest with family and friends and a quiet pint in The Dog Inn. We all owe Craig an immense debt of gratitude for all his work over the last three years but especially in this very difficult 2020.
Nic is keen and enthusiastic with ideas for taking The Dog Inn onto another level as the heart of our Belthorn community. We look forward to working with her.
Monday 12th October
We are pleased to announce that our restaurant is currently undergoing a short period of refurbishment. It shouldn’t impact on the bar area or the current opening hours of the restaurant. After an incredibly successful first year for Jamie & Mark at The Dog Inn, they are keen to put their own ‘stamp’ on the restaurant area. They are funding the re-decoration and adding new fixtures & furnishings, which is a significant investment on their part.
Jamie and Mark are also expanding their ‘empire’ by shortly opening a new restaurant franchise in a new Darwen Town centre venue. They would like to reassure you that their new venture will not detract from The Dog Inn. It remains integral to their future plans. They have recently appointed two new chefs to help them maintain their quality & reputation – they also have an impressive resume: Aiden Parker, previously Head Chef at The Oyster & Otter, and Oliver Daw, who has trained at the Michael Caines Academy (run by the Michelin star chef). They have also recently taken on an apprentice, who is enjoying her time in the kitchen learning the trade. Jamie & Mark will be splitting their time between their two venues and both will still be cheffing.
We congratulate Jamie and Mark on their new venture. Their enthusiasm and determination in these difficult times is admirable.
Bar Opening Hours:
Please note that due to Tier 3 restrictions, drinks can only be served to people who are eating a meal in the Dog Inn.
The Bar / Coffee Shop is now open with the following opening times:
Monday: Closed all day
Tuesday: Closed all day
Wednesday: 12 – 9pm
Thursday – Saturday: 12 – 10pm
Sunday 12 – 8pm
Please note that from Tuesday 3rd November, the bar and coffee shop will be open on Tuesdays, from 12 – 8pm.
We are keeping our opening hours under review, and opening hours over the coming weeks will be dynamic and subject to change due to demand.
Restaurant Opening Hours:
The Restaurant is now open with the following opening times:
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Saturday: 12 – 8pm
Sundays: 12 – 6pm
Bookings only. Maximum of 6 people per booking. Please see the Restaurant page for further details and to book.
Please note that from Tuesday 3rd November, the restaurant will be open on Tuesdays, from 12 – 8pm.
✅ Table service only. You must be seated to buy a drink.
✅ Card payments only
✅ Hand sanitiser station to be located at the door to ensure our customers safety
✅ We encourage people to sit outside to maintain the safety of our customers
✅ Taking contact details for all people in the building for NHS Track and Trace in line with government guidance and will be shared with no-one else.
❌ No drinking at the bar is permitted
We will also be of course practising social distancing and closely following government guidelines – there will be at least 1 metre distance between each table and our staff will minimise contact as much as possible. Please try to observe social distancing rules when in the pub.
We are trying our best to create a safe environment. Staff and customer safety is our first priority. We may not get everything right from the start, but these are strange times for us all and we can assure you that we will be trying our best.