Footballing trio cut the ribbon of new Walter Tull grill-pub in Northampton

Northampton Town Football Club defenders, Lee Collins and Evan Horwood, and ex-Torquay player Billy Bodin were invited to the Walter Tull, following its �325,000 transformation into a Flaming Grill pub restaurant.
Northampton Town Football Club defenders, Lee Collins and Evan Horwood, and ex-Torquay player Billy Bodin were invited to the Walter Tull, following its �325,000 transformation into a Flaming Grill pub restaurant.

A hat-trick of footballers were on hand to cut the ribbon at the official opening of a newly refurbished Northampton pub named after a former Cobblers star.

Northampton Town Football Club defenders, Lee Collins and Evan Horwood, and ex-Torquay player Bill Bodin were invited to launch the Walter Tull, situated on Walter Tull Way.

A total of £325,000 was spent transforming the formerly West Coast Grill into a new pub and restaurant.

The pub re-opened on Monday, December 1, showcasing its “flame grill inspired décor, new furniture, and a new chargrill menu.”

The revamp saw the pub renamed after footballer, Walter Tull, who played over 100 matches for Northampton. General manager at the Walter Tull, Lee O’Donnell, said: “We were honoured to have the three footballers join us for the opening night at the pub. Many of the Northampton FC players are regulars in the Walter Tull and we are thrilled that they were able to attend our launch and offer their support.

“The opening has been a real success with great feedback from regulars and visitors alike on the delicious new menu and the fantastic interiors.

“My team and I look forward to welcoming more guests in the coming weeks.”

The Walter Tull’s namesake was the first Afro-Caribbean outfield player in the top division of English football, as well as one of the first Afro-Carribean infantry officers in the British Army.

The pub is part of the Flaming Grill chain of restaurants, part of Spirit Pub Company, which owns and operates around 800 managed pubs across the UK.