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De Tabley Arms

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The De Tabley Arms was situated on Blackburn Road. This pub was built in the 19th century by the De Tabley family. Closed c2007 it has now been converted into luxury flats.
My father-in-law Thomas Finnerty would turn in his grave to see what happened to his beautiful pub.  He and his wife Connie ran this pub in the 1960s
Sue Finnerty, Sydney Australia (December 2011)
I was at Hodder Place as an eight year old in 1970. My parents would visit me and take me to lunch at the de Tabley Arms in Ribchester. I still remember the boiled new potatoes with parsley. It was the highlight of the school term.
Sean Halliday (July 2020)

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Name Dates Comments
Pauline Hunt 1970  
Geoffrey Pimblett 1963 I first worked in the Kitchen Then the bar for some time before going to Blackpool Catering College and continued at weekends whilst at college. It was a very well run pub and restaurant and 3 rentable rooms.
Sunday was where the boys and parents from Stonyhurst College would come for lunch. The Lions Club held banquets there on regular basis Wedding functions being a popular place to be.
Miles Patrik Evedon 1970 I took over after Tom Finnerty.
Peter Pimblett 1971/1972 I was the second chef, after I went to work at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam, Holland. In 1976 Hilton Hotels sent me to Quebec, Canada and I have lived in Canada for 40 years, now retired for the 2 years. I remember there was a busy dinner dance on Saturday night and I would broil 80 to 100 steak that night.
Miles Paddy Evedon 1968/1976 Publican.
Sandy Wilkinson 1950s/1960s My dad John Bell was head chef there for years and years even when he moved to Clitheroe he still worked there , later in his work life he worked at Eaves Hall . . he was named the Best Chef in Lancashire at one stage.
Patrick Welsh 1956/1964 I began as a Commis Waiter in March 1956 and was promoted to Chef de Rang in 1957. A tail suit was required. The Head Waiter was Jimmy Kippax. I well remember John Bell the Head Chef. He lived in a cottage across from the De Tabley on the banks of the river Ribble.
John Isles 1971/1974 My Wife and I lived in Mellor and quite frequently my parents took us to the DeTably for Dinner. I still remember the wonderful Crepe Suzette's the Head Waiter used to make with great flare. So sad such a nice place is no longer there for others to enjoy as we did.