A “run down” pub has been given a new lease of life, thanks to the vision of its landlord.
Martyn Driscoll took over The Anchor pub in Hutton at the start of the year and set about transforming the neglected landmark, which was struggling to attact customers.
Martyn said: “It was run down following bad management and one side of the bar was in such a state that it hadn’t been used for eight years.
“It was a dump that was grey and drab. It was a relief to get it all ripped out, we couldn’t wait to get it all out.”
After weeks of work, the side room has now been transformed into a themed sports bar.
Newspaper back pages line the ceilings, there is artificial grass on the floor and behind the bar, new seating and eight TV screens.
It was run down following bad management and one side of the bar was in such a state that it hadn’t been used for eight years.Martyn Driscoll
A Preston North End logo adorns the front of the bar, and Martyn hopes he can get it signed by the squad.
He said: “There’s nothing like it around here and we’ve been so busy since it’s opened. We’re hoping for even more people now the football season has started and we’ve got the big matches on.”
Fitting with the sports theme, the pub is also sponsoring Hutton Rugby Club and has paid for the kits for a children’s football team.
The makeover is part of a wider £90,000 renovation planned for the whole pub. Large amounts have already been done, including in the conservatory, which has been turned into a children’s area with bouncy castle.
Martyn added: “We’re doing really well with our food too and the older generation, some who haven’t been in the pub for six years, are now coming in regularly again.
“It’s nice to see that things are turning around, because this pub should be central to the community.”