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Lye pub to close for major transformation

The Railway, Lye is to close on 7th October for a major £465,000 top-to-toe refurbishment by Star Pubs & Bars, HEINEKEN’s pub business and West Midlands pub operators, Bolton Inns. The investment will see the pub transformed into a top-quality family friendly local with what is billed to be the best pub garden in the area

The Railway will be closed for around six weeks reopening mid to late November. 20 jobs are being created on the back of the changes to the pub, which will see food and barista style coffee introduced for the first time.

Outside, funds are being spent on a creating a fantastic garden which will offer adults and children their own fun areas in which to relax. This will include a new kids play area with climbing frame swings and monkey bars, and for the adults, a covered and glazed sports area with pool tables, darts and big screens for watching live sports. The patio is being extended to create seating for 90 for alfresco eating and dining with festoon lighting to add to the ambience. The pub exterior is also being given a smarter look with the half of the pub re-rendered in an elegant mushroom colour and new signage, lighting and planters installed.

Inside, the pub is being reconfigured to create more space and improve the ‘flow’. The bar and dining areas are being enlarged increasing the seating capacity from 46 to 65 and a commercial kitchen installed, enabling the pub to offer traditional pub food.

The look and feel of the interior will be traditional country pub brought into the 21st century with new lighting, wooden, tiled and carpeted flooring, leather seating and panelled and painted walls in muted colours.

The menu at The Railway will include pub classics such burgers in brioche buns, beef and ale pie, fish & chips and a cracking Sunday lunch. There will also be children’s menus – one for four to seven-year olds and one for seven to ten-year olds. They include kids’ favourites using quality ingredients and every meal comes with a free portion of fresh vegetables and a dip.

Drinks wise, there will be something for everyone from traditional cask ale to premium draught and bottle beers as well as the pub’s extensive range of gins and a new cocktail menu.

Entertainment at The Railway will include live bands on a Friday night as well as pool, darts, quiz nights and live sports.

The current managers, Michelle and Atty Davies are staying on at the pub. Michelle said: “We’ve been running The Railway for a year now in the knowledge that it was going to have a major investment. We can’t wait to open the doors and to create a real hub of the community. The pub has a massive garden, but no-one ever used it. That’s all about to change as the alterations being made will make it a sociable place where people will want to spend time.”

Regional Operations Director, Caren Geering said: “Lye is a great suburb with lots of residents and different places to eat and drink in. What it doesn’t have is a family friendly Premium Local that serves great food and has a large garden. The refurbishment of The Railway will allow the pub to fill that gap and in so doing become the heart of the community.

“The pub hasn’t been refurbished for 11 years. HEINEKEN is a firm believer in the future of the Great British local and is investing £50 million this year in pubs like The Railway to help them keep pace with peoples’ changing needs and expectations so that they can thrive for the long term.”

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