Looking for someplace to celebrate your birthday? Or a mood-lit backdrop for a special dinner for two? Perhaps you want to celebrate the life of a loved one, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere you can really depend on? The Golden Ball offers the perfect environment for your special occasion, for the good times and the bad.
And recently taken over by Longton couple, Chris and Beks, this local pub now has a new lease of life.
Longton through and through
Growing up in Longton, Chris couldn’t have been a better candidate for the management of The Golden Ball. In fact, as a kid he lived in the house over the road. When he turned eighteen, he nipped across to the pub and asked for a job – pulling his first pint amidst the smoky, red-bricked interior.
Back then, the pub was run by Dave and Sue Campbell. Through getting stuck in at a young age, and under the watchful eyes of Dave and Sue, a young Chris soon learnt the ropes. Going on to manage several restaurants in Manchester, Alderley Edge, Longridge and Preston. One of them has even been crowned an award-winner. In time he would open up his own eatery, make mistakes and learn from them – all before going full circle and back to the Golden Ball.
From Italian specialities to fine home cooked grub
Having experienced all he could at The Golden Ball as a young lad, Chris moved away from the pub with a wealth of knowledge. They decided to grab the bull by both horns and start his own project. Enter Italian restaurant, Per Tutti.
Chris mastered the art of fine dining, good management and hearty portions. But it wasn’t without the occasional hiccup. Having ironed out a few teething problems, Chris says the experience taught him how not to run a restaurant, And so, when The Golden Ball came up for sale some years later, the opportunity seemed too good to pass up.
Dedicating their time to refurbish the building, still with all the natural hallmarks of a mid-1800’s public house, Chris and his partner, Beks, felt instantly at home. The fresh décor and dog-friendly lounge offers a real twist of something cool and extra special. Of course the staple log fire is always roaring in cool weather too – something that adds to the warm and friendly welcome.
“It’s such a good feeling to come full circle,” Chris says. “I was just a lad when I pulled my first pint in here. Living across the road the place is certainly ingrained in my history.
“Beks and I learned a great deal about good, home-made cooking during our time at Per Tutti, and that’s something that’s always been lacking at The Golden Ball. I’m proud to say we’ve really hit our sole purpose now. To create a really lovely place to enjoy great food using locally sourced produce and lovely drinks.”
If you’d like to come along and book a table at The Golden Ball, contact the team today on 01772 613 527 or secure your booking online.