New opening date for Peterborough city centre pub hit by delays

The Draper's Arms in Cowgate, Peterborough.The Draper's Arms in Cowgate, Peterborough.
The Draper's Arms in Cowgate, Peterborough.
A popular Peterbourough city centre pub will reopen five weeks later than expected after a £1.4million refurbishment project was hit by delays.

The Draper’s Arms, in Cowgate, which has been closed since the end of October, saw work stop on the huge redevelopment almost two weeks ago when the main contractor responsible stopped trading.

That put an end to hopes of the Wetherspoon pub reopening on February 11.

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However, today a Wetherspoon spokesman said it was now expected work would be complete in time for the pub to reopen for business on March 17.

Staff at the pub have been deployed to other Wetherspoon pubs in the region, during the closure which involves refurbishment and expansion including an extension added to the rear of the building, creating additional customer area within the pub, as well as adding both a rear courtyard garden and a new roof terrace garden.

Behind the scenes, the cellar is being relocated into the basement, creating space for a food pick up area and new bar servery.

It is being redecorated throughout, including a new colour scheme and finishes, new carpets and lighting, as well as a mixture of new and refurbished furniture and artwork.