PICTURES: Station pub’s grand reopening

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A Fylde pub has re-opened after a £180,000 refurbishment.

The Station Tavern in Station Square, Lytham, closed earlier this year for a four-week transformation.

The Station Tavern in Lytham has officially re-opened. The re-vamped interior.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-1-2014

The Station Tavern in Lytham has officially re-opened. The re-vamped interior. PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-1-2014

On Friday it re-opened to punters, capping an amazing turn around for the venue, which shut its doors in 2011 for several months as pubs across the country experienced issues with spiralling rent costs and transport prices.

Following a successful period for leasees Simon and Debbie Malings, Star Pubs and Bars, which own the Tavern, promised the significant investment.

Debbie said she was delighted with the makeover: “It has been a busy weekend since we opened, but we are really pleased with the results.

“We’ve created a new dining area for people to enjoy our home-cooked food and a sports area, which opens up for bands to play.

The Station Tavern in Lytham has officially re-opened. Staff pic.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-1-2014

The Station Tavern in Lytham has officially re-opened. Staff pic. PIC BY ROB LOCK 7-1-2014

“We also have a lounge space for people to enjoy a coffee – it really is set up for whatever anyone wants to do at the time.

“Further refurbishment includes more than £30,000 being spent on toilet facilities.”

Town crier Colin Ballard and chairman of the South Fylde Railway Line, Tony Ford spoke at the opening of the new-look pub ceremony.