Fleetwood’s oldest surviving pub is enjoying a welcome trade revival after it was refurbished for the first time in more than a decade.
The Steamer, on Queens Terrace, has undergone a major facelift in time for the start of the tourist season.
The once-thriving pub had become run-down before Ian and Geraldine Northwood took over around five months ago – but the pair say the new look is already bring in more customers.
Geraldine, known to punters as Gerry, said: “It took about three weeks refurbishing the place inside and then a month to get the outside done. I think it looks absolutely brilliant – everybody is really impressed. We have had lots of compliments from people saying what a difference it has made and how good it is to see it looking like it’s being cared for.
“It has only been finished a week but we are already getting more people come in off the coaches.”
The couple say they are glad to have the work done in good time for the start of the season as they work to restore the pub back to its former glory.
The duo ran the place from 2001 until 2007, before returning last year following a brief closure. In their absence the pub had got into difficulty but the pair say they are up to the task of getting it back on track.
Gerry added: “It’s been a big challenge but slowly but surely, the word is getting out that we are back.”