A LANDMARK pub has undergone a major refurbishment.
Punters will be able to have a look around the new look The Blue Bell, in Fulwell, this week when it reopens its doors after a £120,000 revamp.
From 5pm on Thursday, customers will be welcomed back to the pub with an invitation-only reception, giving them a chance to sample a range of the dishes from the pub’s menu.
There will be magicians performing during the evening, before singer Tony Montana starts the party with a set list full of swing and jazz music.
General manager Thomas Potts said: “We are one of the oldest pubs in Fulwell and there is a lot of history here, so it’s great to be able to have a refurbishment that really freshens and updates our look, but still reflects the roots of such an important, community pub.
“The team and I – including two brand new members of staff – have been undergoing training throughout the closure, to really sharpen our customer service.
“The atmosphere in the pub has always been an incredibly welcoming one. We cater for a range of needs with our bar, lounge and restaurant and the refurbishment will allow us to improve on that.”
The new look pub, which is operated by Stonegate Pub Company, will have a selection of cask ales, both local and national, including Maxim and Jarrow Breweries and Black Sheep Brewery. Craft beers introduced include BrewDog’s Punk IPA, Hogstar Craft Lager and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.