One of Morecambe’s oldest pubs has reopened after a £1m makeover to glowing reviews from customers.
Praise has flown in from all quarters for the new-look Morecambe Hotel following its grand unveiling on Saturday.
The 19th century building has had a complete refurbishment both inside and out, and the results are stunning.
Customers have been raving about the interior design, food, service, beautiful new guest rooms and beer garden.
The Morecambe Hotel, located in the heart of Poulton village, had been a struggling business for many years.
The licence changed hands several times over the past decade until Rod Taylor and his family bought the building.
Mr Taylor, a director of Morecambe FC and local businessman who runs two care homes in the town, masterminded a two-year renovation of the Lord Street premises.
He said the restaurant was fully booked on Saturday and Sunday, and for most of Monday.
“I can’t believe the response, it has been overwhelming,” he said.
“The phone has never stopped ringing.”
His granddaughters Ronnie and Elsie Winward, aged five and two, cut the ribbon to reopen the venue on Saturday lunchtime.
Customers soon took to social media to give the pub-restaurant-hotel a huge thumbs up.
Glen Cooper, former editor of The Visitor, said the Taylors had done a “beautiful job”.
“You can really feel the Morecambe pride in there,” he said.
Carla Brayshaw, a Lancaster city councillor, said: “I cannot recommend the Morecambe Hotel highly enough.
“The food is fabulous, service is friendly and the attention to detail is without parallel in my opinion.”
In a nod to Morecambe’s heritage, the seven new guest rooms have been named after the old fishing families of Poulton such as Woodhouse, Baxter and Willacy. Black-and-white Pathe news footage of old Morecambe plays on plasma screen TVs in the pub.