Britannia returns to Cleadon as Toby Carvery refit brings pub back to former glory

Staff at the new look Britannia, Cleadon Village, manager Alan Lennox, with wife Pat and assistant manager Leanne Swallow, right.
Staff at the new look Britannia, Cleadon Village, manager Alan Lennox, with wife Pat and assistant manager Leanne Swallow, right.
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A popular bar has been given a new lease of life after its first makeover in almost 10 years.

Customers will be welcomed back to the Toby Carvery and The Britannia today after the pub and restaurant closed its doors 10 days ago.

The bar area will bring back many happy memories to some people and we thought this would be a great opportunity to invite people along to the opening and reminisce about their past memories in The Britannia.

Assistant manager, Leanne Swallow

General manager Alan Lennox says the pub has been returned to its former glory.

He said: “When Toby took it over 10 years ago they made it very much into a restaurant with a little bar inside, but we’ve got it back to what it used to be.

“We’ve created a new bar and the restaurant has been completely refurbished.

“It’s still a carvery, but much bigger now – we’ve got 184 seats.”

The bar, in Front Street, will welcome back punters tonight, who can enjoy a drink while they watch band Pipedream perform in the new bar.

Tomorrow, the carvery will be back in business, welcoming diners throughout the day.

Alan said: “We wanted to update everything, but go back to how it used to be.

“After 10 years, we wanted to start fresh. We’re very excited about it re-opening and we’re getting everything polished and ready for Sunday.

“There’s been a lot of excitement from people knocking on our doors and wanting to get back in.

“We’ve been shut for about 10 days so we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back.”

Assistant manager, Leanne Swallow, added: “The bar area will bring back many happy memories to some people and we thought this would be a great opportunity to invite people along to the opening and reminisce about their past memories in The Britannia.”