New name and revamp for pub after takeover
A WELL-KNOWN rock pub has been given a new look... and a different name.
The Lloyds Arms, in Victoria Street, Grimsby, has been taken over by Wear Inns, a small company which has a portfolio of about 20 freeholds in the North East.
The town centre pub was closed for about two weeks for painting work and a new sign on the exterior, as well as a new seating area and sanded floors inside.
And licensee Toni Macnaught has changed the pub's name from The Lloyds Arms to Old Lloyds Arms because "everyone already called it that".
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Toni ironically hates rock music and prefers indie acts such as The Killers.
"I wanted to put my stamp on it by renaming the pub because everyone already called it Old Lloyds anyway," she said.
"The refurbishment is excellent and it is a really nice place where anyone can come in and enjoy themselves.
"We were worried it might change it, but it hasn't; it has only made it better.
"Everything has been industrially cleaned and all the floors and woodwork has been sanded, as well as brand new seating, which has attracted more women to come in.
"We have seen quite a few new faces come in and now those people are becoming regulars."
Toni said the pub is popular with students on Tuesday nights.
"We have had a new influx of students and a big uplift on sales since the refurbishment," she continued.
"It's great that someone cares about the pub and it is now a very versatile place.
"This is a very friendly pub, we are like one big family and everyone is welcome here, customers old or new."
The freehold pub, which has seven bar staff and two cleaners, offers a simple stuffed crust 12-inch pizza for £4.95.
Toni has been part of the pub for 19 years; she began in the kitchen as a cook.
She added: "I worked my way up over the years and then finally I got my licence in about 2006 – I just love the place even though I don't like rock music – it still hasn't grown on me!"
On Monday, October 29, the team will hold their annual fundraising event for Help For Heroes.
They will be doing a 12-hour stint of singing and dancing, beginning at about 11am.
In the past five years, they have raised £10,000.
"We will have a good time raising money for such a good charity which is close to everyone's hearts," explained Toni.
"In the evening of the event we will put on a karaoke night when everyone can join in."
Jodie Thompson, 35, who has been bar manager for over eight years, said the pub is "absolutely fun".
"We have loads of fun here and I have got so many fond memories," he said.
"We have such a good customer base and anyone of any walk of life is welcome to come in.
"We're a friendly bunch and everyone is enjoying the new look, including myself.
"I really like the refurbishment – it's kept its character."