A popular Huntingdon pub is set to reopen next month after a £250,000 makeover.

The Samuel Pepys, in High Street, will once again welcome customers from Wednesday November 8.

Behind the bar is community hero and operator Louise Crosbie, who has been running the Nags Head in Braintree since July.

She has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in pubs since 2016.

With a complete interior redecoration, the pub will have a new bar, flooring, and furniture throughout.

Outside, the beer garden has been redeveloped, which includes new seating and cover to ensure use all year round.

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The pub will be celebrating the reopening with a soft launch on Wednesday, followed by a weekend of entertainment, including a DJ, complimentary fizz, as well as plenty of live Sky and TNT sports.

Drinks offers will include Wine Wednesday, where customers can get £2 off a bottle, Fizz Friday, offering customers a bottle of fizz for £10, along with cocktails, bottle and shot deals throughout the week.

Louise Crosbie, operator of The Samuel Pepys is excited about the reopening, she said: “The pub looks fantastic, and I can’t believe the transformation.

“I’m really excited to get behind the bar, meet all our customers and support our local community.

“We’ll be starting off by collecting food for a local food bank, and donations to get a defibrillator installed.

“Pubs are the hub of their community, and we can’t wait to be the hub of Huntingdon.”

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The pub will also host karaoke and DJ nights at weekends.

Louise is keen to support local causes, including the local foodbank and will be initially aiming to raise money to install a lifesaving defibrillator at The Samuel Pepys.

The pub is part of Proper Pubs, the community wet-led operator division of Admiral Taverns, which has more than 185 pubs across England, Scotland and Wales. 

Matthew Gurney, operations director for Proper Pubs, said: “The team have worked hard on the refurbishment, and we’re just finalising the finishing touches ready to open in just a weeks’ time.

“We would like to wish our community hero, Louise, every inch of success for the future in making the Samuel Pepys a fantastic hub of the community.”