A popular town centre pub, The Pickwick Inn, is currently undergoing a major makeover thanks to a £450,000 investment by national pub company, Punch.
The refurbishment will see the pub located on the corner of Huntriss Row and Falconers Road renamed The Dickens Bar and Inn and will create 12 new jobs for the local community. The new-look pub will reopen for business on Friday 8 July with a weekend of entertainment planned.
Originally named after Dickens’ first novel, The Pickwick Papers, with dining offered in the pub’s Copperfield Restaurant, the new name is further reference to Charles Dickens who gave readings at the Scarborough Assembly Rooms in Huntriss Row, in 1858. An English Heritage blue plaque on the street commemorates his visit.
Although making reference to the writer and social critic, the refurbishment is anything but Dickensian in style. The pub is being stripped back completely and the two separate bars replaced with a stylish new one. Everything from floors to walls and ceilings are being replaced and redecorated alongside new lighting, fixtures and fittings. The Artex is going, booth seating with TVs are being installed and wood burning fires will add a homely feel. The interior design will include classic stripes and tartan wall and floor coverings and lots of stylish light fittings will bring the pub to life – no Victorian candlelight, sawdust floors or coal fires!
The pub’s 11 bed and breakfast rooms are to be given brand new en-suite bathrooms and ongoing refurbishment work will see all the rooms redecorated too. Externally, the pub will be redecorated to complement the new signage.
One person particularly excited about the project is publican, Kathleen Howard. Kathleen has run The Pickwick Inn for the past two and a half years, and her parents ran it for ten years before that.
Commenting on this major investment, Kathleen said: “The Pickwick Inn has been part of my family for such a long time and I’m so excited, with the support from Punch, to have the chance to stamp my own mark on it and develop the business. Punch’s design team has come up with a fantastic scheme that is going to transform the Pickwick Inn into a stylish, traditional venue.
“I have a clear vision for the new Dickens Bar and Inn which for starters includes introducing food seven days a week, starting with breakfast from 8.30am for everyone, not just our bed and breakfast guests. There will plenty of weekly food and drink offers and entertainment will include BT and Sky Sports, mid-week live music, a weekend disco with our resident DJ and a ‘Show of the Month’ providing something extra for regulars to look forward to.”
“Caroline Edwards, new business development manager for Punch said: “Our investment in the former Pickwick Inn pub marks a new era for the pub. ”