A former editor of The Visitor has described the transformation of one of Morecambe’s oldest pubs as “the most important of its kind since the renovation of the art deco Midland Hotel”.
Mike Whalley was given a tour of the revitalised Morecambe Hotel which is due to reopen soon after a major overhaul.
Mr Whalley from Morecambe, who worked for The Visitor for many years and was editor of the town’s newspaper from 1992 to 1998, said: “It amounts to a vital and welcome vote of confidence in the resort’s future and will undoubtedly become an integral part of Morecambe’s regeneration.”
The project to revamp the Lord Street pub, restaurant and hotel is headed by local businessman Rod Taylor and his family.
Mr Taylor, a longtime director of Morecambe FC and owner of Thornton Lodge care home, bought the 19th century premises in Poulton village two years ago and announced a £500,000 investment.
Mr Whalley said: “The amazing attention to detail, the determination to get everything right, is testament to the vision and care Rod Taylor and his family have applied. Tradesmen were still swarming all over the main public bar area when we entered but the work that has taken place was clear to see, including a completely new bar, which appropriately, follows the same contours of the old one. There are three separate dining areas, all tastefully decorated, and all of them clearly going to offer a very special atmosphere.
“Upstairs a number of bedrooms have been created, ranging in size, and including a family room. They are all appointed to the very highest standards.”