A POPULAR Preston watering hole has been given a new lease of life.
The former Bitter Suite pub in Fylde Road has reopened as the Ale Emporium - and this weekend it will serve its 100th different ale.
Peter Dewes and his partner Trish Mounsey took over the venue at the end of January and spent ten days revamping the site before opened on February 1.
The pair also run The Sun Hotel in Friargate.
Peter, 53, said: “We have increased the real ale pumps from six to eight, it’s going down very well.
“Visiting the emporium is like a mini beer festival.
“We have eight different ales on from all over the country and from local micro breweries as well. We are supporting a new microbrewery in Penwortham called Bishop’s Crook.
“We’ve had ales from Loch Ness in Scotland to Twickenham and Kent.”
The pair decided to rename the pub because it is a new venture for them.
It will be open every day from noon and Peter and Trish kept on one member of staff who worked at the Bitter Suite and have also created three new jobs. They have been at the helm at The Sun for the past four years.
Paula Bosworth and Kay Drummond left the Bitter Suite at the end of January after more than eight years in charge.
Peter added: “We particularly wanted to take this one on, we couldn’t believe they were coming out because it had such a good following. We are passionate about real ales.”
He has been in the pub trade for the past nine years. He said: “It’s not a job it’s a lifestyle.”
The pub will been serving food from the end of the month and is still hosting live music nights.