Pubs are back in business

The Red Lion, pre-refurbishment
The Red Lion, pre-refurbishment
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Two village pubs have reopened for business – and the promise of sunny weather this weekend means it’s a great time to visit.

The Red Lion in Middleton and The Spread Eagle in Cottingham have both been closed following extensive refurbishments.

The Red Lion has re-opened as a bar and restaurant offering tapas along with meats grilled over coals and wood on an Argentinian-style ‘Asado’ grill.

They offer a special Sunday lunch menu and there’s a bar for people who just fancy popping in for a drink.

The Red Lion has undergone a complete refit and is run by father and son team Paul and Michael Morgan.

Paul, who previously owned and ran a 600-seater restaurant in Derby, has lived in Middleton for the past six years.

The Spread Eagle in Cottingham has also reopened following an extensive refurbishment by new owners Bob and Pattie.

Ex-butcher Bob has been running pubs for 23 years, including the Open Hearth in Corby and, before moving back to the area, a pub in Birmingham.

He said: “We are back here to stay and we want the Spread Eagle to be a true community pub at the heart of the village.

“We are offering fresh, locally sourced food at great prices and we aim to become famous for our steaks.”

The Spread has also started up a Thursday night quiz with prizes, starting at 8.30pm. Contact the Spread Eagle on 772080.