A £1 million refurbishment of the Pooley Bridge Inn has been completed by owners Robinsons Brewery and new licensee, Mat Cooper.
The reopening – one of the largest investments in Robinsons’ tenanted pub estate – was originally planned for late March but had to be postponed due to coronavirus.
With restrictions now relaxed, the pub has opened to the public.
Kyle McGregor, operations director at the Pooley Bridge Inn, said: “We absolutely love the new Pooley Bridge Inn and so do our customers.
“The place looks stunning and after months of worry and the disappointment of missing out on our original opening day in March, trade has taken off like a rocket. August sales were up by 70 per cent on last year, boasting the great beer sales in Robinsons pub estate as a whole.
“Our COVID friendly spacing gives us 397 covers inside and out, meaning there’s lots of space for everyone to enjoy.”
The pub has undergone a complete internal and external transformation, with an extension to the rear allowing further space to accommodate additional customers.
Externally, the pub has been refreshed with black and white paint, and now boasts a rear and front external courtyard with covered seated booths, festoon lighting and an external bar.
Simon Taylor, business development manager at Robinsons Brewery, said: “The Pooley Bridge now certainly meets the expectations of today’s tourists and visitors. The village was left isolated after Storm Desmond of 2015 and we wanted to give the village a new lease of life.”
The pub’s 12 en-suite bedrooms have also been refurbished.
The kitchen, car park and toilets have also undergone major improvements