A traditional city centre pub will change its name change following a £250,000 revamp.
The Chester Bells in Grosvenor Street, will see £50,000 invested in fixtures and fittings by new lessee Mark Farragher, who already runs The Victoria at The Cross.
While Star Pubs & Bars, Heineken’s pub business, is investing £207,000 in a complete refurbishment of the pub which will return to its original name, The Saddle Inn, which it was called up until 1998.
The new look will bring the pub up to date whilst retaining a traditional feel. In keeping with its new name, there will be horse related decor and memorabilia.
Funds are being spent on a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the pub, including refurbishing its letting rooms and creating a great outdoor eating and drinking garden.
The interior will be reconfigured to create different seating areas, allow for more cask ale on tap and to improve facilities for 'excellent food' and coffee.
As a result of the refurbishment, nine jobs have been created at the pub, which will re-open on Valentine’s night.
Mark said: “The Chester Bells is a brilliant building in a fantastic location next to the museum and within walking distance of Chester race course. All it lacked was investment and some tender loving care. With Star Pubs & Bars committing to invest in the site and our own Victoria close by, it seemed an ideal opportunity to expand the business whilst allowing me to maintain high standards at both.
“The Victoria does good old great British food. The Saddle Inn will offer home cooked, locally sourced British food which we believe will be some the best pub food in the city.”
Chris Jowsey, trading director of Star Pubs & Bars, added: “We’re delighted that an experienced operator like Mark has taken on The Saddle Inn and that together we are investing in its long term future for residents and visitors to Chester.”