Stamford is gearing up for the opening of a new pub in just over a week, which will create 48 new jobs.
JD Wetherspoon is to open its new pub The Stamford Post in Sheep Market on Tuesday, May 27.
The company has spent £1.57 million developing the pub, at the former Mercury offices. It will be managed by Ross and Zoe Cronin.
Ross said: “Myself, Zoe and our team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Stamford community.”
The exterior of the building has been totally transformed with a beer garden at the front and a designed smoking area.
Much of the interior will be inspired by the Mercury’s rich history, which is Britain’s ‘oldest continuously published newspaper’.
Photos, a history board, commissioned artwork by local artists and information boards relating to events, historical buildings and characters of the area will be displayed in the pub. There is also a wall-mounted old fashioned typewriter on display.
The Mercury moved to the Sheep Market from Broad Street in 1988, not long after the first edition of its new tabloid size.
The pub is named after the Stamford Post, which was launched in 1710 but reduced in size two years later, when it was renamed the Stamford Mercury.
The new family-friendly pub will be open from 8am until midnight Sunday to Thursday and 8am until 1am on Friday and Saturday. Food will be served until 11pm. Children, accompanied by an adult, will be welcome until 9pm.
The Stamford Post will specialise in real ales, serving a wide range of beers, from local and regional brewers.
The Mercury editorial team and the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust moved out of Sheep Market in November and are now based at the bottom of Cherryholt Road, in the same premises as Amtech.