A PUB with a chequered history has taken on a new lease of life as a mecca for real ale lovers.
The former Penny Farthing on Bawtry High Street has reopened as the Cooper and Griffin in time for Christmas trade.
Doncaster businessman Andrew Longworth, whose family has run the well-known Regent Hotel in Doncaster town centre for many years, is the new owner of the refurbished pub and hotel.
It has bene empty for several months after the Penny Farthing closed suddenly and its previous guise was at the Granby Inn.
Andrew, who lives in Clayworth and formerly ran the Bacchus Wine Bar in Retford, also owns the Cask Corner bar in Cleveland Street, Doncaster.
He said: “Taking over these premises here in Bawtry is a great opportunity for as well as the downstairs bars we have eight en-suite bedrooms upstairs.
“My wife Mandy has worked hard on the interior design and the sourcing of all the décor. We have been well received by townsfolk and by members of Bawtry Retail Association.
“The aim of us all here at the Cooper and Griffin is to appeal to everyone. There is a real passion for real ale in the town and we have eight varieties. We also have three craft ciders and 50 different bottled beers.
“Our products are from local brewers. Refurbishment work is continuing and we will be fully open in time for Christmas when we will be serving bar meals.
“We are also sprucing up the garden at the rear of the premises. There will be live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings and we plan to have comedy night starting early next year that will feature local performers.”
Cask Corner is already with popular with real ale fans.