One of Preston’s landmark pubs shut its doors on Sunday night as it prepares to go undergo a major redevelopment.Advertisement
The Sherwood at Fulwood will be closed for 10 days for a refurbishment costing tens of thousands of pounds.
Manageress Gemma Reeve said: “We can’t give too much away but it will look very different and I can’t wait to see it finished. The staff and myself are very excited.'”
The pub, situated on Sherwood Way, opened in 1982 as part of the major redevelopment of the area which saw the new Royal Preston Hospital, Broughton Industrial Park and several hundred new houses built.
With major residential developments underway nearby in Cottam, Tanterton and Fulwood, Gemma is determined to ensure that The Sherwood remains a focal point for the local community.
Gemma, who has worked for parent company Mitchells and Butlers for 12 years and was previously in charge of O’Neill’s on Friargate, said: ”We can assure our customers that while things will be very different, much will also stay the same. They will still be able to choose from our varied and exciting menu while we will be keeping our old favourites such as the quiz and music nights, showing all live sport, while we have an existing pool team and are starting a new darts one.”
The pub is scheduled to reopen on Thursay 2 February and will be hosting a major weekend of entertainment to celebrate.
However, the closure is set to prove a major headache for parents and pupils of Sherwood Primary School.
Many use The Sherwood’s two car parks for dropping off and picking up the 400 children who attend but they will also both be closed for the duration of the refurbishment. The school has put alternative parking provision in place.
“It’s unfortunate, but due to health and safety concerns, we have been left with no option,” said Gemma.
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