Town centre sports pub in Northampton to reopen as dining establishment after major refurbishment

The Eastgate pub on Abington Street is set to close on September 5 for a major refurbishment.
The Eastgate pub on Abington Street is set to close on September 5 for a major refurbishment.
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A prominent Northampton town centre sports pub is to close its doors for a major refurbishment in September and emerge mid-2016 as a “premium” dining venue.

The Eastgate at the top end of Abington Street used to be owned by pub giants Wetherspoons but was bought by Northampton firm McManus in 2014.

Company director Paul McManus has announced a major investment in the two storey building, which currently runs a grill-type menu and screens a number of live sporting events.

He said: “We are closing on September 5 and looking to start work at the end of 2015, to open in early to mid-2016.

“It will become more of a food led, premium casual dining concept.

“We knew when we bought it, we would need to invest in it.”

The venue opened as a Lloyds, part of the Wetherspoons brand, in the late 1990s.

Plans are yet to be drawn up for the refurbished Eastgate, according to Mr McManus, but the company director has promised to release more details of the new-look pub when the plans are available.

The venue currently employs eight people, some of whom have been offered jobs elsewhere in the company and others, Mr McManus says, are students and seasonal staff who are returning to studies in September.

McManus Pubs currently owns 19 venues in the Northampton area, including Barratts Club on Kingsthorpe Road, as well as running two in Essex.