Jobs boost as resort pub gets £145k refurbishment

The Shovels in Marton
The Shovels in Marton
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A popular Fylde coast pub is set to re-open after undergoing a £145,000 transformation.

The makeover at The Shovels, Common Edge Road, Marton, is set to create at least 12 jobs as the bar and restaurant is turned into a Flaming Grill pub.

Tanya Craughwell and Kevin Craughwell at the Shovels pub.

Tanya Craughwell and Kevin Craughwell at the Shovels pub.

Landlord Kevin Craughwell, who worked at the Golden Eagle in Thornton for 10 years before moving to the Shovels last year, said the improvements will include a new kitchen, toilets, sports area and new booths for customers to sit in.

He added: “We have gone to town on the changes. We have spent thousands of pounds on the toilets and put booths in (the bar area).

“We also have plenty of big screens to watch sport on, including a new sports area with plasma televisions.

“The pub will still host music and festivals, but the work will really bring the pub into the 21st Century. It is a massive change for the pub.

“I believe we are the 115th pub to become a Flaming Grill and we are one which has had the most money invested.”

As part of the revamp, the pub has undergone a complete refurbishment with new decorations, new furniture and kitchen equipment as well as a new chargrill menu focused on steaks and grills.

Mr Craughwell, who runs the pub with wife Tanya, said the revamp included the hiring of another 12 staff and added there were still vacancies for anyone interested.

He added: “We have taken new staff on, mostly full-time.

“We still need at least three or four chefs, as well as three or four people for front of house. It is an exciting time for us.”

General manager, Tanya added: “I am really excited to be introducing the Flaming Grill brand to Marton.

“Our new menu has some truly fantastic dishes that are sure to have our guests’ mouths watering as soon as they walk in.

“The investment will refresh the look and offer, but at the heart the pub will remain a hub to the community.”

The pub is set to reopen at noon on Friday.

Anyone interested in a job can collect an application form on the day.