The Mercury’s 300-year history is represented in style in the decoration of the new JD Wetherspoon pub in Stamford.
The Stamford Post opened in the former Mercury office in Sheep Market on Tuesday.
Mayor and mayoress of Stamford Clem and Pamela Walden cut the ribbon and welcomed customers for the first time.
The building has undergone a £1.57m transformation since Mercury staff moved to Cherry Holt Road in November last year. And although the former office is virtually unrecognisable, the paper’s history is reflected throughout.
Stamford Post manager Ross Cronin said: “The designers have done a fantastic job. Their main philosophy was old versus new, but matching the newspaper history of the building.”
Among the features of the new pub are the Mercury’s old sign, which is mounted high on the wall.
Old photos of Stamford and Mercury front pages from years ago decorate the walls and a typewriter hangs above the bar. Even the toilets are decorated with newsprint tiles.
There also is plenty for those more interested in the food and drink to get excited about. The bar serves 11 real ales, a range of lagers and ciders along with speciality craft beers from around the world. And the comprehensive menu includes options to suit all tastes.
Ross and his wife Zoe moved to Stamford while work on the pub was underway and have now settled in. They hope to offer something different to Stamford customers.
Ross said: “Stamford is a lovely town.
“We always said that the pub needed a lot of character, as places like The London Inn, The Cosy Club and The Tobie Norris have so much themselves.
“This needed to be very different and I think we have done very well with that.”
About 50 people are employed at the new pub, which was named The Stamford Post after the Mercury’s original name.
Mayor of Stamford Clem Walden, who enjoyed a cooked breakfast at the pub on Tuesday, said: “I think it’s very nice. The decorations are excellent.
“They have done a splendid job. I’m sure it will be welcomed by the public, particularly as it’s family-oriented.”