Pub’s £200k revamp set to create 20 jobs

The King Edward V11 pub on Central Drive will re-open on Saturday.
The King Edward V11 pub on Central Drive will re-open on Saturday.
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A Blackpool pub has called last orders as it prepares for a major revamp set to create more than 20 new jobs.

The popular King Edward VII pub, in Central Drive, has closed its doors in preparation for a complete £200,000 refurbishment.

Pub bosses say the move is expected to create 20 new job opportunities and two apprenticeships.

The pub, which reopens on Saturday, will be transformed into a John Barras franchise offering value pub food and drinks and with a focus on sports and entertainment.

The investment will see the pub fitted with Sky Sports, new furniture and a refurbished bar with updated guest toilets.

It will also have a sports area that will include a pool table, three TVs and a darts board.

The kitchen will receive new equipment as well.

Ashley Brown, manager of the King Edward, said: “We cannot wait to introduce the John Barras brand to our community.

“The changes we have planned will allow us to provide our guests with a great venue for getting involved with different entertainment activities, watching or playing sports, enjoy a pint after work or taking the family out for a meal.

“We want the King Edward, to be the hub of our community as not only the best place for cask ales, but as the place for entertainment too.

“There’s going to be something different on every night.

“We will also have three cask ales running at any one time and work with local and national breweries to constantly keep our guests coming back for something new.”

John Barras is a brand from Spirit Pub Company, which owns and operates 791 managed pubs across the UK.

The investment has been undertaken by Spirit Leased, the leased and tenanted division of the company.

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