Pub helps a town feeling the pinch
A MAJOR refurbishment has helped a Bridlington pub boost employment in the town.
Bridlington's new-look Lobster Pot has reopened following a £2 million revamp and, along with the extensive work, 35 jobs have been created.
The pub, which was previously known as Broadacres, is part of the Marston's Inns and Taverns group.
Nigel Whitfield, area manager for the Marston's pub group, said: "This is a major boost for the area in terms of the investment and the jobs."
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The pub restaurant is based on the outskirts of the town centre on the A165.
Mr Whitfield said: "This was a great opportunity for us because the location of this pub is a gateway to Bridlington.
"The interest from customers has been as far and wide as Driffield, Beverley and Scarborough already and people are ringing up to ask about it.
"We have had a fantastic response from the public."
The revamped venue is set to place a huge focus on dining, with a deli-counter offering top food choices – one of the pub's highlights.
Mr Whitfield said: "The Lobster Pot was traditionally a popular public house before the work but it was run down.
"During the refurbishment work, we have demolished approximately 50 per cent of the building."
An extension has been built to increase the size of the building and Mr Whitfield said the pub is now about double its previous size.
Managers of the Lobster Pot David and Sheila Reil said: "It's a great boost to the town, quite simply for the amount of jobs it has created.
"The Lobster Pot is a great addition to the area and is a fantastic venue for locals, tourists and day-trippers.
"The feedback we've received about the look of the place and also the quality of the service has been terrific."
Mayor of Bridlington Councillor Michael Charlesworth joined the team at the venue to mark the official opening.
The Lobster Pot is part of an ongoing new build and renovation programme from Marston's Inns and Taverns, which is investing £140 million into 60 new-build sites throughout the UK.