The Crown Inn is set to reopen next week following a makeover by JD Wetherspoon costing more than £1 million.
The company has spent £1.35m redeveloping the pub on Knaresborough High Street and expects to create 55 jobs.
Manager Lauren Gates said: “My team and I are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Knaresborough community.”
The pub has stood on the High Street since it was rebuilt in the early 20th century. The Crown Inn dates back to 1769 when it was a meeting place for local Freemasons and the pub is listed in the Universal British Directory of 1793-8, when George Savage was the innkeeper.
The new pub has proved a popular talking point in recent weeks. Andrew Willoughby said he had enjoyed his first ever legal drink – a swift half of lager – at The Crown Inn on his 18th birthday, and added he thought Wetherspoon would be a welcome addition.
“It will certainly keep people in Knaresborough on an evening,” he said.
Nick Jauncey got in touch with the Knaresborough Post on Twitter and told @HarrogateHound the premises would complete his 18-venue pub crawl around the town.
He said: “I think it is about time The Crown Inn opened as it completes my The Worlds End-themed pub crawl map of Knaresborough: The glorious mile.”
Alex Cann said on Twitter: “It will be great to see this building back in use again, as it’s been a prominent eyesore on the High Street.” And Emily Rose said: “Hopefully, it’ll encourage more businesses to open. Knaresborough is full of empty premises; it’s a sad state of affairs.”
Susan Evison added: “I would rather see an independent rather than a chain, but at least its one less empty shop.”
Andy Grinter, from the Knaresborough Chamber of Trade, said the huge investment was a postive sign.
He said: “£1.35m is a phenomenal amount and would only be spent if confidence and expectation in Knaresborough‘s future is genuine.”
The new-look pub will feature one bar and a beer garden, to the rear of the premises, where smoking will be permitted in a designated area.
Photos, local history, commissioned artwork by a local artist and information boards relating to events, history and characters of the area will be displayed in the pub.
l See page 9 for an interview with artist Norma Galley, whose paintings will be on display in The Crown Inn.
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