A popular Stafford pub is undergoing a £45,000 revamp five years after it was re-opened by Staffordshire brewers Titanic.
Work began in mid-February on a refurbishment at the Sun Inn, in Lichfield Road, with the new look set for completion on Thursday, March 5, following a three day closure.
“We are giving the Sun a thorough, general makeover with new furniture, carpets, curtains, paintwork and signage,”
said Titanic Brewery Director Dave Bott.
The Sun Inn has become a popular venue for both food and good beer since being bought by Titanic in 2010.
An historic former coaching inn, the Sun was saved from closure by the Stoke-on-Trent brewery and restored to its former glory following a chequered recent past.
“Standing at a gateway to the town centre, The Sun had a history as a fine pub serving the people of Stafford.” said Dave. “But locals may also recall its recent past as the Tequila Red wine bar, with its garish red paintwork.
“That was the first thing that had to go when we took over. We wanted to create a welcoming pub which would prove popular with local residents and visitors to the town centre and we have been rewarded with a loyal and varied clientele.”
“When we bought the pub an old Sun employee, Rob Scahill, turned up with the old sign from before it was turned into O’Neil’s. We copied the sign for the front and the original hangs proudly on the wall of our outside terrace.”
The Sun Inn was the fifth pub to be developed by Titanic Brewery which has consistently grown its pub estate in recent years. The Burslem based brewery now has nine pubs in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire and has announced plans to extend its estate to 30 pubs by 2020.
Titanic brewery is owned by brothers Keith and Dave Bott who grew up in Stafford.
Dave added: “It was a proud moment for us as Staffordians when we took on the Sun Inn and restored it as a great pub.
“We have grown our pubs based on our values which we display on a sign at the Sun Inn. These are our passion for great beer, our appetite for local food, our enthusiasm for proper pubs and our commitment to supporting the community.”
Titanic Brewery is committed to working with local companies where possible and work on the Sun Inn is being carried-out by builders CJ Bayley and painters, S Peake and Sons, both based in Stoke-on-Trent.
Notes to Editors:
For further information about Titanic Brewery and its award winning beers visit the company’s website atwww.titanicbrewery.co.uk
Titanic Brewery was founded in Burslem in 1985 and has grown to produce more than 2.3 million pints of fine ale every year. It is owned by Stafford born brothers Keith and Dave Bott. Keith is Chairman of SIBA, the society of independent brewers. The brewery name is in recognition of Stoke-on-Trent as the birthplace of Captain Edward Smith, Master of the ill-fated Titanic ocean liner.
The Titanic fleet –
- The Bulls Head, St John’s Square, Burslem
- The Greyhound, George Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme
- The White Star, Kingsway, Stoke
- The Royal Exchange, Radford Street, Stone.
- The Sun Inn, Lichfield Street, Stafford.
- The Roebuck, Derby Street, Leek.
- The Hollybush, Seighford.
- The Cheshire Cheese, High Street, Buxton.
- Ye Olde Kings Arms, 1 High Street, Congleton.