Morecambe landlord moves on

The Smuggler's Den in Morecambe.
The Smuggler's Den in Morecambe.

THE landlord of the oldest pub in Morecambe is moving on to pastures new.

Chris Mason, licensee at the Smugglers Den on Poulton Road, will leave by the end of 2011 after seven years behind the bar.

Mr Mason has sold the lease on the pub to local man Mark Blenkinship, who will take over the reins at the Smugglers.

“I’ve had some fantastic times here but also some sad times,” said Chris, who is originally from Gloucestershire and runs the pub with his wife Sue. Up until this recession hit home most pubs in Morecambe were struggling along but people keep their money in their pockets now.

We were just about making ends meet. What was once a £500 or £600 night on a Friday is now a £350 or £300 night.”

See The Visitor (08-11-11) for full story.