An historic pub which was under threat of the axe three years ago reopens tomorrow after a £300,000 refurbishment.
Twenty new jobs have been created as the Victoria Hotel, St Annes’ oldest hostelry, has seen the bar completely revamped, including twice as many cask ale pumps, and food reintroduced, including a specials menu.
New signature pieces of furniture and contemporary fixtures have also been incorporated into the new-look interior and St Annes town mayor Ed Nash, who was among the campaigners who fought for ‘The Vic’ to stay open in the face of a bid to replace it with flats in 2012, said: “It looks wonderful.”
Coun Nash and his consort Barbara were given a sneak preview of The Vic’s new look as the finishing touches were put to the upgrade by parent company The Spirit Group, which has seen the premises closed since February 2.
“They have done a great job,” said Coun Nash. “They have taken the premises into an exciting new era as a family dining venue but also kept favourite features which will delight the long-time regulars.
“It’s a real community pub with something for everyone and we couldn’t have asked for more.”
Dating back to 1897 and originally a hotel, the Church Road hostelry was listed as a community asset under the Localism Act in a bid to ensure it continued as a pub after the plan to demolish it and replace it with flats was blocked by Fylde Council planners three years ago.
General manager Jordan Sadler said: “We are really excited and looking forward to the reopening. We are so proud of The Vic’s place in the community and it has been great to welcome the new staff to the team.
“It looks brilliant and we’re really pleased to be able to offer even better surroundings and a new menu alongside a wide selection of real ales and craft beers to our loyal and new guests alike.”
The Vic reopens at noon tomorrow and will offer food seven days a week from noon to 9pm.
Some jobs are still available and anyone interested can send their CV to Victoria.Hotel@firstname.lastname@example.org