Outdated Peterborough city centre pub to get new look inside and out

The proposed new look for O'Neill's in Broadway, Peterborough.
The proposed new look for O'Neill's in Broadway, Peterborough.

Peterborough’s O’Neill’s pub in Broadway in the city centre is in line for a major makeover later this year - to make it more attractive to millennials.

The pub is set to close at the start of November for around two weeks, while the outdated interior and exterior are revamped.

The tatty blue facade - damaged in a minor fire last year - will become a thing of the past, replaced by a more modern black materials and signage.

The equally outdated interior - and some of the drink offerings - will also go.

A modern, new appearance - with neon lighting, exposed brickwork and wood - will replace the “classic Irish” look long associated with O’Neill’s pubs.

It is part of a modernisation scheme for the brand nationwide.

The food offering will be revamped - keeping some of the popular, traditional pub dishes and adding stonebaked pizzas - while more real ales and craft beers will be brought on tap.

The look will be complemented by a new sound system and large screen televisions.

The new signage is subject to planning permission but the pub is expected to be closed from around November 4 to 19 to allow the work to be carried out.

Assistant manager Gary Martin said: “The current look is outdated and a more modern, up to date feel is needed.

“We have pictures of old men drinking Guinness on the walls and the customer base is 50-plus. The idea is to liven the place up a bit and try to attract the millennials.

“There will be lots of big screens and we hope to bring live bands back into the pub again once a month to try an attract new people.

Hopefully, the new menus with stonebaked pizzas, along with real ales and craft beers which are really popular will also help.”