Double boost for Peterborough’s night time economy

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Peterborough’s night-time economy has been given a welcome boost with two new offerings for revellers.

Two leading venues in the city have announced developments that will add a new look to the attractions available in the city centre.

The former Yates’s, in The Broadway, has undergone a £155,000 facelift and has been transformed into a new pub called Sir Henry Royce.

It will employ seven members of staff and will reopen on Friday.

A spokeswoman for owners, Stonegate Pub Company, said: “It is named after the Peterborough born engineer and co-founder of the Rolls Royce Company and will open following a £155,000 investment in the venue.”

She said the pub would put on a new food offering and a new drinks menu.

Spencer Lloyd, the pub’s general manager, said: “We will be building our cask ale range and will be hosting regular ‘meet the brewer’ nights for those customers who love their cask ale.

“We love nothing more than supporting our local community, so are pleased to announce that we have selected Peterborough based Thorpe Hall Hospice as our charity for 2015.

“We have lots of events planned at the pub to help raise funds for this brilliant cause and will be announcing them over the coming weeks.”

Mr Lloyd is inviting local businesses and residents to a champagne reception from 5pm to 7pm on Friday at which guests will be invited to try tasters from the new menu whilst enjoying entertainment in the form of live music from local band ‘New Generation Crash & Burn’.

Also, this week marks the 18th anniversary of the Solstice bar in Northminster.

Kevin Jeffery said: “This is a great milestone for an independent pub run by a local family.

“As part of the celebrations we are opening another new bar and expanding our premises. Eden bar will be opening to the general public this coming week.

“It’s an excellent outside area with handmade furniture and a hand crafted bar.

“The roof is on able to open and close on hydraulics to let in the sunshine or keep out the rain.”

Mr Jeffery added: “With Yates also getting a make over its great to see that venues are trying to keep the night time economy vibrant.”