MAJOR REFURBISHMENT BREAKS GROUND TO REOPEN HISTORIC ST HELEN'S PUB

9th July 2015

 

 

The former manager of the Millhouse on Mill Lane is returning to the pub after 18 years in a bid to restore it to its former glory as a quality pub serving great food with the help of a £400k refurbishment with Heineken owned Star Pubs & Bars. John Lawson will be joined in his venture by his partner Paula McKeever, who he met at the Millhouse in 1995 when she was working there as a member of the bar staff.

Work is expected to take two months with the pub scheduled to reopen in late August.

 

The pub has been without steady licensees for 18 months. Says John, “The Millhouse will always be a special place for Paula and myself as it’s where we met. We have many happy memories of our time there and had been saddened to see it lose its way in recent years. We’re determined to turn the Millhouse back into the popular pub we remember and make it an asset for St Helen’s that the whole family and customers of all ages can enjoy.”

 

The refurbishment will transform the Millhouse knocking the downstairs through into a light spacious larger lounge dining area, with bi-fold doors opening onto a new patio and garden. Funds will also be spent on adding a barista coffee machine, installing a new kitchen to enable the Millhouse to serve food once again and making over the Sports Bar and giving it a new big screen. The toilets will be moved upstairs and a room created for functions and community group events whilst outside the pub will be fully redecorated and carefully renovated.

 

As a chef, John is keen to make the Millhouse famous for its food. As well as offering traditional pub favourites, the Millhouse will specialise in bistro style burgers and sausages, using meat sourced from the North West and supplied by Rowles butchers of Woolston, as well as John’s own home cooked chips.

 

John and Paula have a host of activities planned to revitalise the Millhouse including comedy evenings, children’s entertainers, music nights and a weekly quiz night.

 

Says John, “The Millhouse may date back to the seventeenth century but it will feel like a new pub inside once the project is finished. It’s wonderful to know that some of our customers of two decades ago still use the Millhouse; we promise them the new look Millhouse will be worth the wait!”

 

Comments Chris Jowsey, Star Pubs & Bars trading director, “It’s tough running a pub with increasing competition for customers' disposable income.  Heineken is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and has invested in pubs like the Millhouse to help them deliver excellent quality, attract customers and thrive at the heart of their communities for years to come.”