A community pub in Corby is to re-open tonight (Friday) after a £350,000 refurbishment which has created 10 jobs.
The Phoenix pub re-opens at 7pm following a major investment project by pub operator Punch, which has given the premises a much-needed makeover both inside and out.
The Beanfield Avenue pub has been redecorated throughout including feature wallpapers depicting local interests, new curtains, flooring, lighting and furniture.
The bar now has a clearly defined games area with new darts board, pool table, TVs and games machines.
Publican Lorraine McKimmie said: “I’m so excited to be back at The Phoenix.
“I worked at the pub 10 years ago and could always see its potential as a great local community pub – it just needed some investment.
“Thanks to Punch, the pub has been given a much-deserved makeover, and I’m determined to make it the first choice for locals and passing trade.
“In the past, The Phoenix was a traditional drinking pub but I’m confident that the changes that have been made will attract a wider range of customers.
“The Phoenix is now a friendly, comfortable place to enjoy a coffee in the morning as well as a drink with friends and family.
“I’m delighted to say that we have our own darts team again and I hope to get a football team up and running again in the summer.
“We will be having regular live entertainment and hope to introduce bar snacks in the near future.”
Punch openings manager Richard Wennington said: “It’s fair to say that The Phoenix had seen better days in terms of its appearance and improvements needed to be made to develop it as a business.
“I’m confident that our significant investment, combined with Lorraine’s enthusiasm to make it a success will bring The Phoenix into the 21st century and establish it as a true local community pub where everyone will feel welcome.
“I’m looking forward to continually supporting Lorraine and her team in the future.”
The original stage in the lounge has been removed and replaced with corner seating and booths, additional tables and chairs.
The bar has been reduced in size to create a better serving area accessible from both the bar area and the lounge to provide a better flow for customers throughout the pub.
Externally, The Phoenix has been enhanced aesthetically to improve its appeal to passers-by.
Improvements include full redecoration, new windows and doors, new signage and lighting and a patio area with attractive planting scheme and post and rope fencing.