Locals at a Blackpool pub will be enjoying their pints in style thanks to a £52,000 refurbishment.
The Auctioneer pub, in Lytham Road, South Shore, now boasts new interior styling, carpets and a fresh coat of paint to the outside.
The popular pub was the first branch opened by JD Wetherspoon on the Fylde coast.
To celebrate the completion of the refit, staff were joined by regulars at an early morning opening ceremony.
Blackpool’s Deputy Mayor Chris Ryan and Deputy Mayoress Nicola Ryan were on hand to cut the ribbon while Ray Jackson, West Pennines regional director of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), pulled the first pint.
Pub kitchen manager Zoe Pawson said: “We’ve been open 15 years in December so it was time to refurbish the pub.
“We have opened a new coffee station for customers, and will now be open from 8am for people to enjoy coffee and breakfast.”
The building was once an auction house, hence the name chosen by pub owners JD Wetherspoon, but had most recently been a Kwik Save supermarket before being transformed into the pub.
As part of the refit, the pub has been wallpapered and there is a new colour scheme, with one half of the interior painted in dark red and stone colours and the other side in grey and blue.
Zoe said: “We are primarily a locals’ pub but in the season we get lots of families and groups in as well.”
The pub’s family atmosphere and proximity to Blackpool Football Club’s Bloomfield Road ground means it is also popular with both home and away fans on match days during the season.
Zoe added: “The work has been carried out in stages so the locals have been coming in regularly to have a nosey as its’s been going along.But they all seem to love it”.
Ray Jackson, who lives in Blackpool, added: “The pub has been very tastefully redecorated, and it was probably due. This was the first Wetherspoons in the area and the company has done a fantastic job in bringing real ale to the general public.
“There are several local ales on offer in this pub, one from Lytham, one from Burnley, and it is really great to see these small breweries being supported.”