ONE of the most anticipated sporting events of the year is coming up- and many pubs and restaurants across East Lancashire have been busy preparing their establishments to welcome guests.

Some of them have installed new televisions for the occasion, while others have released exclusive menus and deals to celebrate the Euros.

The long-awaited UEFA European Football Championship was meant to take place in 2020 but had to be rolled over to 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Euros officially start tomorrow (11 June) and will end on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

England’s first game against Croatia is on Sunday- and the Met Office predicts sunny skies and sun cream weather so make sure to book those pub gardens as soon as possible.

The Tavern in Great Harwood, Blackburn have five large screen TVs in their beer garden, ready for people to watch the Euros.


A spokesperson for the team said: “We have installed some temporary TVs outside in our marquee for the Euros.

“We also built an outside bar during the first lockdown so will be using that for the first time for the Euros.”

Posting to Facebook they said: “There will be 5 TV’s in total outside when we are finished and 9 TV’s inside so you don’t miss a second of any game!”

“So we are now taking bookings for all England’s group games. We will be opening our outside bar which will serve bottles and spirits.

“For the games the outside bar will be open an hour before kick-off and close an hour after kick off.”

The Crown pub on Whalley Road in Accrington have new television outdoors, ready for the series of matches ahead.

A spokersperson wrote: “We are so ready to have some football back in the crown! Please remember restrictions are still In place and it is seating room only with table service, so get booked in if you want to secure your table!

“We are getting new TV’s fitted outdoors so we will have an extra big screen outside to utilise the space and seating.”

They also have a ‘sports menu’ available for the game which they describe as “the perfect menu for the euros”.

It will be available for every single game and features ‘warm up wings’, loaded chips and breaded halloumi just to name a few items.

While not technically a pub, Tobder Valley Holiday Park in Clitheroe will be showing the games in their pop up sports bar.
On Facebook, they wrote: “Food will be delivered to your table. Ordering through the Parkdean Resorts Order and Pay app is essential. Please ensure you have this downloaded and ready use!

“You will need to book to secure your place. Please call our reception on 01200 445 322 to do so.”

The White Lion in Clitheroe now have three new televisions in their outdoor marquee where they will be showing the Euros.

(Facebook/White Lion Clitheroe)

In total, they have three 65 inch televisions, complete with surround sound in the marquees as well as two big screens inside.

They aren’t taking table bookings and are only accepting walk ins.

They team added: “Covid measures are still in place – test and trace is required at the front door when entering, everything is still table service and masks are to be worn at all times until seated”

The Old Cobblers Inn in Rossendale  have gone all out for the Euros and have installed a big screen in the garden for people to watch  the game.

Posting to Facebook, they said: “Be sure to book a table and in the special requests just mention Euros so we can make sure you get a good view.”

Blues Bar at Ewood Park looks like the place to be for the Euros- especially if you are looking for some atmosphere.

In the grounds of the park, they have big outdoor screens for England’s opening game against Croatia and there is also a family fun day with an inflatable goal, darts board, ice cream van, balloons courtesy of McDonalds and much more, making it the perfect spot for all the family to cheer on the Three Lions.

Greene King pubs across East Lancashire also have a celebratory deal on for the football tournament.

They are offering a free pint of pale ale to every customer, which football fans will be able to redeem on Friday June 11, to mark the first day of the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament.

The offer will be available at more than 1,000 participating Greene King pubs, nationwide, including, the Fernhurst, Blackburn; The Old Cobblers Inn, Rawtenstall; Sycamore Farm, Burnley; The Star, Burnley; Malthouse Farm, Whittle-le-Woods; Hartwood Hall, Chorley, Yarrow Bridge; Chorley; Hare and Hounds, Ramsbottom; Thatch and Thistle, Nelson; and The War Horse, Buckshaw Village.

Where will you be watching the Euros?