With the countdown well and truly on to the Tour of Britain passing through the Lancashire countryside, the Derby Arms in Longridge has opened a new beer garden, offering cycling enthusiasts the perfect location to soak up the atmosphere.

Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain will pass the Derby Arms as it turns off Longridge Road onto Moss Side Lane. Heated awnings and canopies mean that whatever the weather, customers at the Derby Arms can enjoy a drink or bite to eat in the Trough of Bowland countryside and it will be the ideal location to safely store bikes whilst cycling fans are watching the action at the front of the pub on September 7th.

“Excitement has building amongst staff and customers since the Tour of Britain route was announced,” said Steven Andrews, general manager at the Derby Arms. “It is perfect timing that our beer garden is ready in time for the race passing us, giving customers the ideal spot to base themselves for the day.

“We’ve already welcomed lots of cyclists to our beer garden for a mid-ride stop off or for some well-deserved refreshments at the end of their ride and we’re looking forward to many more joining us for the Tour of Britain.

“With on-site accommodation available, food served from breakfast through to the evening each day and a well-stocked bar, including a bottle bar in the new beer garden, we really will be able to keep spectators entertained throughout the day as they wait for the race to pass by.

“And, if any fans are feeling energetic, the race is also passing by our sister sites The Assheton Arms in Downham and the Barley Mow in Pendle so they could get on their bikes and enjoy the food, drink, beer gardens and accommodation at three of the Seafood Pub Company’s sites.”

The Derby Arms’ beer garden was officially opened to customers, the Mayor of Longridge, Susan Rainford and local businesses with a garden party featuring live music and samples of the new summer menu.

To book a room at the Derby Arms during the Tour of Britain, please call 01772 782370. Accommodation is also available at the Assheton Arms and Barley Mow, with the Tour of Britain route passing both of these venues on September 7th.