A Fleetwood pub which closed several weeks ago is to re-open as a real ale establishment with food.
The Royal Oak pub on Lord Street, known affectionately as Dead’Uns, has been taken over by the Fleetwood Pub Company which has already transformed the award-winning Strawberry Gardens on Poulton Road.
It is hoped the pub, which had a sale price of £200,000, will be open in time for Tram Sunday on July 21.
David Shaw, managing director of the Fleetwood Pub Company, said: “It will be run on similar lines to the Strawberry Gardens, having the same range of beers and lagers. It may not be possible to have all the work completed by Tram Sunday, in which case we may have to shut part of the pub again to complete the work.
“We are hoping to have food available by August but this may be delayed depending on the amount of work required in renovating the kitchens.”
Mr Shaw said the Strawberry Gardens was going from strength to strength and would be an excellent model for the Royal Oak, whose future looked uncertain when it went up for sale.
The Strawberry Gardens, recently named the Blackpool Fylde & Wyre CAMRA pub of the Year 2013, has expanded its already extensive range of real ales, craft lagers and continental beers.
Mr Shaw added: “We have seen sales at the Strawberry increase by 25 per cent so far this year following an increase last year of 40 per cent on the previous year.
“This continuing growth in sales has prompted us to provide an even bigger range of products for our customers, with a further six hand pumps added to the existing sixteen making twenty two in total. So we will have eighteen cask beers available in total.
“The Royal Oak is one of fleetwood’s most prominent pubs and it is very exciting to get this chance to run it.
“Our aim is that it can follow the successful business model as the Strawberry Gardens, which has been a great success.
“It is not necessarily about cheap prices, it is about providing a wide range of quality beers and serving them in a pleasant and convivial atmosphere.
“We’re all about keeping pubs alive.”
Plans have also finally been submitted to Wyre Council build a brewery at the Strawberry Gardens site. The brewery will be run by the newly-formed Fleetwood Brewing Company and it expected to be operational by next January.