Friday, December 06, 2019


It will soon be five years since Wetherspoon's re-opened the White Horse pub, on Wrawby Street, Brigg, after extensive refurbishment and considerable investment - the first pints being served to customers on January 27, 2015.
The picture above - taken by Ken Harrison of Brigg Matters magazine - shows some of the initial staff outside the premises.
Ahead of that anniversary, we expect many Brigg people to attend the forthcoming relaunch of Wetherspoon's "new look" pub in Scunthorpe town centre or to call in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.
The Blue Bell Inn, on Oswald Road (near Britannia Corner) will reopen on Tuesday, December 19, following a major redevelopment and expansion project costing £2.1 million.
Hornsby's No 4 bus service passes through this part of Scunthorpe (use the 'top of Mary Street stop'), while the quicker X4 will drop thirsty Brigg folk at the steel town's bus station - within walking distance of the Blue Bell along the High Street.
Wetherspoon's tells us that an additional 65 full- and part-time jobs have been created at the Blue Bell as a result of this work.
The hostelry, which launched in August 1999, has been closed since July 8 this year while the pub has been extended sideways to incorporate adjoining buildings.
Wetherspoon's national spokesman Eddie Gershon says the new pub extension has increased the customer area to almost double its original size, from 2,775 to 5,017 square feet, creating a new-look pub.
The beer garden has been enlarged and redesigned, with additional tables and booth seating.
The flat roof above the pub has been transformed into an accessible roof garden, with a lift installed for those customers with disabilities.
Pub manager Allan Starr said: “The Blue Bell Inn is an extremely popular pub which has been established in the town for 20 years.
“This investment highlights the company’s commitment to offering customers the best pub possible.
“This redevelopment has also provided further jobs for local people, doubling the size of the original team.
“Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers back into The Blue Bell Inn. We are confident that they will be impressed by the transformation of the building and the new facilities.”
Eddie says Brigg Blog is welcome to pop in and take some pictures on launch day.
We gather that an invitation has also been extended to the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Coun Jonathan Evison, to attend.

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