CUSTOMERS of a village pub are getting the benefits of a £110,000 refurbishment.

The revamp of the Red Lion Vintage Inn on Church Road, Dodleston, has included fitted seating, a new colour scheme, curtains and lighting.

And the exterior of the pub, which dates from at least 1737, has also been given a makeover.

In addition, there is now a full waitress service meaning food and drink can be ordered at the table while bookings can be made online.

Landlady Amanda Yeardsley says: “We’ve revamped the interior to introduce the Vintage Inns’ premium dining offer. And this means we now have private and designated dining areas throughout the traditional pub environment for a more relaxed and refined eating out experience that sets us apart from the normal country pub.

“The end result is candlelit dinners at beautifully laid tables and an ambience that, while remaining informal and welcoming, is also more select and desirable.”

She added: “The vintage charm we’re famous for will still prevail, but we’ll also provide the modern comforts and amenities that guests have come to expect nowadays. It’s a best-of-both-worlds approach and my message to the good folk of Dodleston, Chester and nearby, is come and celebrate a fantastic new beginning with us.”

Five new roles have also been created as part of the refurbishment made up of four front-of-house staff and an extra chef.

The Red Lion is part of Vintage Inns, a collection of traditional hostelries, including sister pub The Cheshire Cat at Christleton, which specialise in home cooked food, fine wines and cask conditioned ales. For more details visit the website: