A FORMER manager of a Swadlincote pub to is take the helm of a new boozer with the creation of 50 new jobs in a £1.6 refurbishment.
Pub operator JD Wetherspoon will open its new pub in Ashby on October 22 with the creation of 50 new jobs – creating good news for the local economic climate.
The company has spent £1.6 million redeveloping the outlet on the site of the former pub, The Shoulder of Mutton, in Market Street.
The Wetherspoon pub, which will retain the name The Shoulder of Mutton, will be managed by Stacey Whetton - previously a shift manager at The Sir Nigel Gresley, on The Delph, Swadlincote.
The Shoulder of Mutton, a Grade II listed building, was originally a smaller property, run by a family of butchers. The left hand side of the building was the inn and the next door building was only absorbed into the Shoulder of Mutton within the last 30 years.
In 1841, number 1 Market Street had long been the Shoulder of Mutton inn and number 3 was occupied by a saddler named Benjamin Wright, followed by a plumber, ironmonger and boot maker. By the 1930s, the premises had become a wool shop.
The new pub will be open from 8am until midnight seven days a week. Food will be served throughout the day, until 11pm every day.
The Shoulder of Mutton will specialise in real ales, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local and regional brewers, as well as a selection of craft ales.
Children, accompanied by an adult, will be welcome in the pub until 9pm throughout the week. As a condition on the licence, both the adult and child (babies and toddlers excepted) must order a meal, if the adult wishes to consume alcohol.
The pub will be wheelchair accessible and have a specially-adapted toilet for people with disabilities.
The new-look pub will feature one bar, a rear extension, as well as a beer garden to the rear of the premises, where smoking will be permitted in a designated area.
Photos, local history and information boards relating to the history and characters of the area will be displayed in the pub. All the artwork within the pub has been supplied by a local artist via the Ashby Art Society and Ashby Art Festival.
Stacey Whetton said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to Ashby’s community.”