Jobs boost at new look venue

Up to 20 new jobs will be created when a Lancaster pub undergoes a major transformation.

The Nags Head, which closed in May 2012, is being given a £450,000 makeover and will be renamed The Study Room when it re-opens towards the end of April.

New leaseholder Mick Horan, in partnership with owners Punch Taverns, will be refurbishing the pub throughout with new décor and facilities.

Mr Horan, who was previously the operations director of Ha Ha Bar & Grill and The Living Room chain, said he was excited about the development.

He said: “This is a new venture for me and I wanted to work with Punch Taverns and use my background in the industry as a platform to move this site forward and create a new brand where our quirky personality can shine through.

“Considering the site’s great location, I can see the potential to maximise on this and create an offer where the provenance of products is important.

“There will be major work conducted throughout the bar to create a more upmarket venue with stylish furnishings and a premium service, whilst remaining good value and student-friendly.

“We will be introducing an exciting range of craft beers, cocktails and wines and our food menu will be made fresh using local suppliers.

“The plans look fantastic; I’m excited to bring this iconic building back to life and offer Lancaster something different and a range of facilities to suit all. I look forward to seeing the end result.”

Refurbishment work at the venue is expected to last around six weeks.