Blackburn pub licensee hails £16,000 revamp by Admiral Taverns
One of Blackburn’s traditional community watering holes has had an image upgrade thanks to a makeover by Admiral Taverns.
The Clifton Arms at Grimshaw Park has reopened following an extensive exterior refurbishment.
Admiral has splashed out around £16,000 on sprucing up the Clifton Arms and this has thrilled licensee Carol Davies who says that the fresh new look has attracted a deluge of new customers to the 19th century pub.
Carol, who has been running the Clifton for eight years, said: “I couldn’t be happier with the refurbishment, it has completed transformed the way that the pub looks and since we reopened at the weekend we’ve had a barrel-load of new customers paying us a visit.
“As we are a local community pub with usually the same faces, I know everybody who normally comes in but I’ve seen plenty of new faces in the past few days!
“All of our regulars have said that they love the new look and many of the new visitors have said that the pub now looks very friendly and welcoming and that they wanted to give it a try.
“There is a lot of regeneration happening in the local area and I think the refurbished pub fits in nicely with what’s going on. Admiral has done a wonderful job and I’m really grateful for everything that has been done. ”
The new look includes a full exterior revamp, including new signage, lighting, a complete repaint, installation of flower hanging baskets and refurbishment of the back garden area and smoking area.
This follows an interior refurbishment carried out by Admiral at the pub five years ago.
Sallyanne Sheil, business development manager for the Blackburn area said: “Although the Clifton Arms is a local community pub with a loyal customer base and a dedicated licensee in Carol, it badly needed an injection of colour so we were delighted to work with Carol to give the pub a fresh new look.
“Pubs such as the Clifton Arms are the bedrock of their local communities and are often heavily involved in charity fundraising as well as providing a haven for local people to socialise. We understand the importance of supporting pubs like this to ensure that they thrive and continue to provide a valuable service to those communities.”