FOLLOWING uncertainty caused by the pandemic about the pub's future, and a complete renovation, a popular Cleator Moor pub has finally reopened.

The owner of the Keekle Inn, Josh Procter, decided to take up the challenge following on from the legacy of his grandfather, who previously owned the pub from 1999 and has passed the pub through three generations of his family.

His partner Fiona doubles as his business partner.

The main aim of the renovation was to update the pub into a modernised pub and eatery.

There are cocktails, coffee and drinks available now with food to start in a few weeks.

The owners tease that their menu will focus on wood-fired pizzas, with sides and tapas.

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Josh discussed how the renovation process has been: "It has taken six months to transform the pub into a larger, updated and more spacious area.

"Moving the bar allowed for the pub to be connected into one open space. This will allow for hire/functions and eating space.

"The kitchen and cellar have been moved to allow a fresh, open plan kitchen."

The Keekle Inn always had a traditional pub feel to it, and the owners had their say on how they incorporated that: "Some features of the old pub have been kept and tied into the new elements, to keep its traditional feel with a modern twist."

The new renovation is completed with a spacious beer garden out the back with countryside views.

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The response to the renovation on the Keekle Inn's social media has been huge, with comments from some users saying 'Looks amazing can't wait to visit' and others have even had the chance to head down, saying 'Loved it last night'.

The pub is open from Wednesday to Sundays for drinks only at the moment, but food is to following in the coming weeks.

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