Nina Hammond, the new publican at The Prince of Wales in Kettering says “get ready to rock!” when the pub reopens its doors.
Launch night, from 7.30pm on Wednesday August 5, will feature a free buffet, the pub’s new choice of four ales, and the chance to meet staff old and new. And a live blues band will play through till 11pm.
The pub has been closed since June for a £40,000 makeover funded by the owners of the premises Punch Taverns.
Returning regulars will find their late-night venue redecorated from top to bottom, with new signage and rock-style touches added to the décor.
The new publican is Nina has worked at the pub on and off for several years, and managed the business over the past eight months. Nina, who has worked in the pub and club trade locally since the age of 16, says she jumped at the chance to make the pub her own when the tenancy came up for grabs.
Nina’s big idea for The Prince of Wales is to transform it into an alternative rock venue, with more live bands than ever before. She promises that rock, metal, ska, drum and bass, and punk will all feature over the coming months.
The pub will also have DJs hosting music until 4am on Fridays and 5am on Saturdays – making The Prince of Wales the latest-opening pub in town. Every other Thursday will be jam night, when anyone can come along and play until 2am – thanks to equipment supplied by Rocket Records in town.
For the first time, Nina will also be offering food, in the form of pizzas, burgers and paninis to keep her rocking customers refuelled. The pub will sell more ales than before and offer lots of drinks special offers, including a £3 pint on jam nights.
Nina is also looking forward to welcoming her pool team back and planning to form a darts team in the near future.
Nina says: “With other venues shutting down, there’s been a lack of live entertainment in Kettering. The Prince of Wales will help to fill this gap with lots of different bands, across many alternative genres of music.
“The pub has really benefited from the Punch Taverns investment and I can’t wait to reopen and let the rock begin!”
Mike Reider, new business development manager for Punch Taverns, said: “It’s been great to work with Nina. She demonstrated she had a real understanding for her customers and for live entertainment when she was managing the pub, so we’re delighted to welcome her on board as a full Punch partner.
“The pub is now ready to rock late into the night and, with simple food on offer for customers, they have even more reasons to stay on and enjoy great music.”