First look at Northampton matchday pub after it was demolished by blaze

The mayor of Northampton, Councillor Christopher Malpas (Con, Billing) reopened the Sixfields pub.
The mayor of Northampton, Councillor Christopher Malpas (Con, Billing) reopened the Sixfields pub.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton, councillor Christopher Malpas (con, Billing) officially reopened a popular matchday pub, which was gutted by a fire in December 2015.

The re-branded Sixfields watering hole situated on Walter Tull Way burned down nearly two years ago with more than 80 firefighters tackling the blaze and reopened it's doors to pub-goers promising new "improved" dining, family areas and sports viewing.

A look inside The Sixfields.

A look inside The Sixfields.

Bosses say the new venue has "bright look and feel" and has created 55 jobs as a result of the relaunch on Monday (May, 15).

As part of the opening, guests had their face painted with and took part in a host of family-friendly activities and entertainment.

Landlord Matt Skolfield moved to Margate in Kent after the fire destroyed his house and has been working in pubs all over the country on monthly contracts but now he is back behind the Sixfields bar.

Matt Skolfield, general manager at the Sixfields Hungry Horse, said: “We had a fantastic evening and the community really turned out to celebrate the reopening. We’re delighted with the rebuild, and the new improved facilities mean we can offer an even better environment for the people of Northampton to get together and share good times.

The new sports room.

The new sports room.

“It was great to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton and the Northampton Town FC mascot join us for the official reopening and celebrate the success of the refurbishment. We’ve already had great feedback on the bar and dining areas, and we look forward to welcoming guests over the coming months.”

A Greene King spokesperson said: "The pub provides big plate specials and pub classics as well as existing deals, including two selected pub favourites for £7.99, selected big plate specials for £5 on Tuesdays and selected bottles of wine for £5 on Wednesdays.

"The pub also offers big game sports buckets for £3 featuring a bucket of chips topped with battered cod, whitby scampi, crispy Louisiana chicken strips or two pork sausages."

Hungry Horse has reopened the former Sixfields Tavern, rebranding the pub, Sixfields.

Hungry Horse has reopened the former Sixfields Tavern, rebranding the pub, Sixfields.