Management and staff alike at the new Eastwood Wetherspoon pub set to open next week are ready and raring to go.
Set to open next Tuesday (June 24) the pub, named The Lady Chatterley by Advertiser readers, will offer a range of food, real ales and a family friendly environment.
The manager of the pub, says that he has got a great team ready for the grand opening.
Andy Thompson, previously a kitchen and front of house manager at various other pubs, will run the pub with his partner, Hayley Robinson.
He said: “We are definitely ready, everyone is excited and we have got a great team of staff.
“We have hired 45 people and most of them are from Eastwood, the person we have hired who lives the furthest away is from Mansfield.”
Andy said that the pub is a new venture for him and his partner Hayley, as they have never previously run one together.
He added: “The opening has been a long time coming, we knew we were meant to be getting here in September but then it got pushed back.
“For a while it has seemed a long way off, but now it is here it all feels very real.”
The new pub will be opened at 9am next week by the Mayor of Eastwood, Cllr Ken Woodhead.
Wetherspoon has spent £1.5 million on the venue on Nottingham Road, which is at the former site of G & M Motors.
It will be wheelchair accessable, feature one bar and a beer garden and children will be welcome until 9pm.
Andy said: “We will be focusing a lot on food, as we are an eatery for people of all ages.
“The interior is beautiful and we have got a lot to offer people.
“Hayley, myself and the team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Eastwood community.”
Displayed in the pub will be photos, local history and artwork by artists including locals Norma Galley, Wendy Mooney, Phil Clarke and Isabelle Amante.
The original courtyard to the rear of the building has been filled in, keeping the exposed brickwork of the former site internally.
Also, the existing pitches of the old garages have been exposed and incorporated into the pub’s layout.
See next week’s paper for photos of the opening.