A well-known Cumbrian inn has seen rocketing beer sales since it reopened following a ￡1m transformation.
The Pooley Bridge Inn, on Finckle Street, is again serving pints with new licensee, Mat Cooper at the helm.
The reopening was scheduled for March but had to be postponed because of the coronavirus.
Kyle McGregor, operations director at the inn, said: “The place looks stunning and after months of worry and disappointment, trade has taken off like a rocket.
“In August sales were up by 70 per cent on last year, boasting the great beer sales in Robinsons Brewery’s pub estate as a whole.
“Our covid-19 friendly spacing gives us 397 covers inside and out, meaning there’s lots of space for everyone to enjoy.
“We also scored over 90 per cent guest satisfaction for hygiene practices, covid safety measures and cleanliness, highlighting the safety of our pub during this difficult time.”
The transformation at the pub includes a rear extension, a rear and front external courtyard with covered seating booths, festoon lighting and an external bar.
Upstairs it has 12 newly refurbished en-suite bedrooms.
And outside it’s been given a black and white paint job.
Features also include a new bar, open fires, and free Wi-Fi.
Simon Taylor, business development manager at Robinsons Brewery, commented: “The Pooley Bridge now certainly meets the expectations of today’s tourists and visitors.
“The village was left isolated after Storm Desmond in 2015, due to the bridge collapse, and we wanted to give the village a new lease of life.
“The bedrooms are rich in heritage and cosy with feature floral walls and sandblasted oak beams, perfect for guests ranging from single travellers to families or couples.
“The Pooley Bridge also offers a brand new menu, embracing pub classics, hearty pies and local steaks.”