Warrington-based multiple operator Priory Inns North West has taken on its third site with Star Pubs & Bars, The Big Lock in Middlewich and is undertaking a joint £480,000 refurbishment with the pub company.
The investment will see the well-located canal side pub turned into a top-quality modern village pub with standalone café called The Little Lock Coffee Shop that can be hired for private functions.
The Big Lock is Priory Inns North West’s 10th pub and its seventh in Cheshire, part of the pub company’s strategy to broaden its presence in the North West.
Funds are being spent opening up the first floor to create a more spacious open plan bar, snug and dining area seating 120 with new floor to ceiling glazed sliding doors installed to allow diners to enjoy the pub’s stunning canal-side location and to create an airy indoor-outdoor feel on warmer days.
Downstairs in the café, there will also be a wall of floor to ceiling glazed sliding doors to maximise the pub’s canal side location and to create a brighter indoor space with seating for 40.
The menu at The Top Lock pub will feature freshly cooked pub classics such as, fish and fresh cut chunky chips, lamb hot pot and the pub speciality steak stones.
Director Neil Sparkes said: “The Big Lock has a fantastic canal-side setting and so lots of passing trade from walkers to boaters. It just needed some TLC to bring it back on track. The area has also had a lot of new houses built recently so is ripe for the pub and coffee shop that we’ll be opening at Easter.”