HISTORY

The Old Packet House was built in 1775 around the same time the Liverpool Line of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was completed. Originally it was named ‘The Bridge Inn’ because of it’s proximity to the old Canal Bridge which had been built to carry the turnpike road (now the A59) over the newly built canal.

As soon as the canal opened passenger boats began operating between Liverpool and Wigan. These were called ‘packet boats’ as they also carried small parcels. The packet boats, known as the ‘Union Packets’ set off from Liverpool every morning, the fare to Burscough being 2/- first class and 1/3d second class.

Situated at the junction of the canal and the turnpike road the Inn was an important staging post for passengers wishing to travel to Preston and the North or the nearby Ormskirk Races. The Inn would have provided overnight accommodation for weary travellers and also hosted auctions and concerts.

In the 1930’s the name was changed to the Packet House Hotel although the packet boats were now wearing the end of their life, finally finishing in 1955 as transport by road and rail became a more attractive alternative.

 

The Old Packet House was built in 1775 around the same time the Liverpool Line of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was completed

FOOD

Please find our current menus below.

Food Menu
Pudding Menu
Childrens Menu

MAKE BOOKING

When the canal opened in 1775 passenger boats began operating between Liverpool & Wigan. These were called ‘packet boats’ as they also carried small parcels

DRINK

Please find our current drink and cocktail menu below.

Drinks & Cocktail Menu

The packet boats, known as the ‘Union Packets’ set off from Liverpool every morning, the fare to Burscough being 2/- first class and 1/3d second class

LOCATION

The Old Packet House is located next to the Leeds Liverpool canal on Liverpool Road North in the centre of Burscough village.

Situated at the junction of the canal and the turnpike road the Inn was an important staging post for passengers wishing to travel to Preston and the North or the nearby Ormskirk Races

CONTACT

The Old Packet House, 29 Liverpool Rd North, Burscough, Ormskirk, L40 5TN
Telephone: 01704 807330

Open Monday to Saturday 12pm-11pm and Sunday 12pm-10.30pm

 

BOOKING ENQUIRY

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