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Historic Lichfield pub reopens after £130,000 makeover

A Lichfield pub has reopened after a £130,000 refurbishment.

The Duke of Wellington, on Birmingham Road, has been rebranded as The Wellington Ale House.

The Wellington Ale House

The Wellington Ale House

The pub has been modernised with a new decking area and a complete makeover inside.

The Ei Publican Partnerships pub was taken on by Elaine Huggins and her son Ed.

Elaine said: “We are looking forward to welcoming drinkers back to the pub.

“I don’t think people will believe what it looks like and I still have to pinch myself every time I see it as I can’t take in how different it looks.

“The pub has always been popular with the local community and with our fabulous range of food, great ales and extensive outdoor area we are expecting to see it continue to flourish over the next few months.”

The pub dates back to 1818 when it was registered to Thomas Summerfield, whose family ran it for 50 years. It was originally built to serve two nearby canal wharfs.

Ei Publican Partnerships Regional Manager, Richard Skinner said: “We are thrilled to be working with Elaine and Ed to build their pub business.

“Through providing targeted investment and support where appropriate, we can help reinvigorate pubs for the benefit of their local communities.”

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