A popular Kettering town centre pub could re-open in the summer if £700,000 refurbishment plans are approved – with a completely different name.
The Watercress Harry pub in Market Street is currently closed but has been taken on by operator Amber Taverns.
Amber Taverns operations director Gary Roberts told the Northants Telegraph it is hoped the pub will open in August or September under the name The Stitching Pony.
He said: “We won’t sell food and no kids will be allowed in, we want to be a premium bar that sells a nice range of gins and cocktails but is accessible to everyone.
“There will be good wines and craft ales with a contemporary feel about the place.
“We want to call it The Stitching Pony in respect of the town’s leather trade.
“We’re hoping to open in August or September subject to licensing and we will start recruiting soon.”
An application was made to Kettering Council by the operators earlier this month to give the site a new entrance and rear extension, as well as alter the interior.
The pub would be open from 9am to 1am every day and would create three or four full-time and between 15 and 20 part-time jobs.