Pub refurbishes conservatory to create dining area

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A Worcestershire pub has completely refurbished its conservatory to create a new dining area that is helping to pull in punters, reports local paper The Shuttle.

The Red Lion received £190,000 in investment from owner Punch Taverns to transform the eating and drinking venue on Blackwell Street, Kidderminster. It recently reopened and has seen a spike in the number of customers visiting.

As well as clearing its rooms into one open-plan space and combining two smaller bars, money was spent on making the pub’s conservatory an enticing place for punters to dine. When sunnier weather returns, the owners may think about lowering conservatory blinds to maintain a comfortable setting.

Punch Taverns regional operations manager Paul Linton said the company were “happy” to put cash into the pub, while new manager Chris Irving remarked: “The difference the investment has made to the pub is phenomenal. We’re still getting our music fans come in but we’re getting a lot of families in now as well as older couples.”

Another drinking establishment to reopen this week following the refurbishment of its conservatory is the Blue Bell at Crookham, reported The Berwick Advertiser.

The Northumberland pub had been closed for two years before its grand relaunch by new owners Lauren and Keith Elstob, who had to carry out several other “extensive” renovations to get the place up to scratch.