IT was a double celebration for Spateston’s only pub last weekend when it opened for the first time in nine months and showcased its stunning half-a-million refurbishment.

The Spateston Inn – formerly known as The Osprey – was due to reopen in mid-March following the revamp by Heineken-owned Star Pubs and Bars, but with work delayed by the lockdown, new licensee and life-long local resident Christine Knox had to wait a further five months before revealing the changes.

Christine said the pub had received “phenomenal” support from the local community since its reopening on Saturday.

“It has been amazing and we’ve been fully booked every day, so I’m over the moon and overwhelmed by the response,” she said.

“It’s great to see everybody back again, from old regulars to parents bringing their kids along, so I would like to say a big thank you for all the support we’ve seen so far.”

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The renovations have opened up the interior and added new windows, giving the pub a light, airy feel. A contemporary design with wood floors, exposed brickwork and plenty of stylish features completes the look.

As Spateston has no coffee shop, Christine is introducing all-day coffee and hot drinks. She is also installing Sky and BT sports, six high-definition screens and a state-of-the-art sound system.

The pub has extended the Eat Out to Help Out (EOTHO) scheme, which means customers will receive a 50 per cent discount on Mondays to Wednesdays throughout  ths month of September.

Christine said: “I’m so happy that the pub is bringing the local community together.

“I’ve had a few happy tears over the weekend just sitting back and observing everybody enjoying themselves.”

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