Eight new jobs have been created following a major £305,000 makeover at a popular Ellesmere Port pub.
Community sports pub The Cat on Wolverham Road has undergone the refurb by operator Punch Taverns, said to be one of the country’s largest and longest established pub companies.
The project took five weeks to complete and the re-opening was followed by a visit from Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders (Lab) to raise a toast to the pub’s success.
The venue, which has its own pool and darts teams, has been given a complete makeover both inside and out to update, repair and refresh the facilities.
To celebrate the launch the pub organised karaoke and live band entertainment. There are plans to introduce Sunday lunch in addition to the ‘lite bites’ menu and The Cat will continue to offer a wide range of quality cask ales, beers, wines and spirits and weekly entertainment plus charity events.
Publican Steve Agar said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better launch weekend and have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from old and new customers. The investment has really paid off and the interior design looks great.
“The Cat has always tried to support the community and we plan to hold a charity event over the May bank holiday weekend to raise money for Help for Heroes which will include a hog roast and live band entertainment.”
Mr Madders added: “It’s fantastic to see this great local pub restored to its rightful place at the heart of the community and I was happy to raise a glass to its future success. I hope locals and visitors also enjoy the warm hospitality I received at The Cat.”
Commenting on behalf of Punch, openings manager Aimee Moss, said: “The Cat looks fantastic now that the refurbishment is complete, delivering a great pub experience for local people. We’re confident that our customers will be delighted with the refurbishment, it is still a true community pub with a regular calendar of events to bring the community together.”