THE Piel Castle pub in Ulverston has re-opened following a four-week £200,000 refurbishment by Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery.

The refurbishment was carried out to accentuate the pub’s existing features – including retaining the original open fireplace. Original stone walls and existing timber cladding have been fully sandblasted, to clean and lighten the eye-catching structures. The repositioned bar has also been newly-constructed with mild steel and reclaimed timber, enhancing the the rustic feel throughout.

Licensee of 12 years, Ben Jones said: “The Piel Castle has been hard used over the years, so has now undergone a full refurbishment.

"The bar has been repositioned to allow a wider area for customers to watch the live entertainment on the stage area and there are also brand new toilet facilities with full disabled access.

"The lighting and decor have been vastly improved, inside and out, with new high quality furniture throughout, such as beer barrelled tables and leather seating. The pub has reopened with all of our music nights and entertainment carrying on as usual!”

Simon Taylor, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery, said: “We wanted to retain the liveliness of the pub, but improve the customer experience by updating the layout and adding in accessible features.

"Relocating the bar has given much improved visibility to the entire space offering a clearer view for customers to enjoy live music events, and also meant that we could really show off the immense height and drama of the interior space.”