New large screen TVs and an extended bar are among the additions at a popular pub after the venue underwent a major refurbishment.
And the project at Cheadle’s Master Potter has helped create 10 new jobs as the pub reopened at the weekend following the extensive two-week renovation.
The work, which comes as part of a six-figure investment in the venue – has included the installation of new 75-inch 4k TVs, an extension to the bar area and the creation of a new, enclosed over 18s area which is available for private functions.
The Tean Road pub, owned by Greene King, has also had new carpets and décor as well as a total renovation to its outside seating, smoking and children’s play areas.
It has also increased its opening times by an extra hour on Friday and Saturday nights, meaning customers can now drink until 1am.
General manager Dave Seckington said: “A lot of money has been invested into the pub, it’s a major investment, and we’ve had some good feedback so far. It’s about making everything better for the customers.”
“We’ve been lucky enough to be able to have a say in the renovation, we have worked with Greene King to decide what was best for the pub.
Customers have been left impressed by the overhaul at Cheadle’s Master Potter
“I really love what has been done and I especially like the fact that relevant pictures, of people like Sir Stanley Matthews, Levison Wood and Adam Peaty have been put up on the walls.
“They really tell the story of Stoke-on-Trent and are a great talking point.”
The renovation is part of a nationwide pledge by pub company Greene King to invest in, and improve, its community pubs.
Dave added: “We have also expanded our range of cask ales and made sure that the prices of both food and drink remain the same. We have also increased the number of staff to 30 because we’re expecting to have more customers since the renovation.”
The pub, which stages weekly quiz nights, open mic nights and live entertainment, officially opened its doors to the public on Sunday.
Melvin Callear, aged 54, who lives a few doors down from the Tean Road pub, is a regular visitor.
He said: “I mostly come on a Sunday afternoon for my lunch, but I’ve been to the quiz on a Wednesday a few times too. I like it because it’s a local pub with good food and drink.”
Sixty three-year-old John Ward, of Cheadle, was also impressed with the pub’s new look.
He said: “It’s a real improvement from before. I tend to only come in for a drink and to watch the sport, so the new over 18s area will be especially good for me.”