Pub lovers and real ale drinkers in Oakham are in for a treat as the doors to a new JD Wetherspoon venue have opened.
The Captain Noel Newton, in High Street, was officially opened by mayor Adam Lowe on Tuesday and customers have been rushing through the doors since.
The redevelopment of the former Royal British Legion building has cost the national firm £1.37m and the pub’s opening has created 44 jobs.
Shift manager Sean Orner said: “It was very very busy on our first night.
“There haven’t been too many spare tables.
“Lots of people have been coming in to have a look at the place and I haven’t heard a negative comment yet.”
The pub has be named after Captain Noel Newton, a former High Sheriff of Rutland, who sold the building to the Royal British Legion between 1948 and 1950.
The venue has displays of photos, artwork and information boards relating to the history and characters of the area.
The pub specialises in real ales, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local and regional brewers.
It is open from 8am until midnight Sunday to Thursday, and 8am until 1am on Friday and Saturday. Food is served until 11pm every day.
There is also a beer garden at the rear of the premises with a designated area for smoking.