Nottinghamshire pub to change 'outdated' name in bid to welcome everyone

By Lynette Pinchess

Nottinghamshire pub, the Blacks Head, has closed for a £150,000 revamp.

When it reopens in mid-November, it will have a new name as well as a new look.

Dan Littlewood, Star Pubs & Bars business development manager said: "We felt the refurbishment was a good time to change the pub's outdated name to one that it is relevant to the local area whilst conveying that the pub is a welcome place for all."

The pub, in Burton Road, Carlton, will be known as the Beacon Hill - a nod to the town's historic roots as a beacon signalling point in the 17th century.

The makeover will give the interior a rustic quirky look, with grey-washed timber walls, original tiled flooring, decorative wallpaper and framed artwork.

There will be a choice of seating areas - a lounge, a sports bar with TVs and a snug area - each with its own unique style.

Outside is also getting a complete facelift. The pub will be painted white and grey and new lighting and signage will be installed.

The large walled beer garden - which claims to be 'Nottingham's best kept secret garden' - will have new picnic benches added plus a section with fixed seating.

A Smart Dispense system, which produces consistent superior quality draught beer and cider whilst reducing waste, water and energy consumption is being installed as part of the pub upgrade along with a new coffee machine.

Six to ten new jobs are being created on the back of the investment.

Landlady Dona Poundall is going back to her roots. Born and brought up in Carlton, one of her first jobs was as a member of bar staff at the nearby Volunteer, at the time run by the licensees of the Blacks Head.

Her first pub was the Nag’s Head in Carlton.

The Blacks Head, Burton Road, Carlton, is about to undergo a major refurbishment (Ian Hodgkinson / Picture It)

Most recently she has worked as concourse and kiosk & bar manager at Nottingham Forest Football Club.

Dona said: "I will aspire for The Beacon Hill to return to how it was years ago, to be the beating heart of the community with lots of events for locals and charities to engage in.

"As well as a more comfortable and inviting interior, there’s a room in the secret garden that I am keen for the community to use – it will be a perfect space for activities like craft events and meetings.

"I’d also love to see the pub have darts and other sports teams again. Most of all, I am looking forward to opening the doors and giving Carlton residents a warm and welcoming place in which to socialise with one another.”

Mr Littlewood added: "Dona knows the area well and has a reputation for high standards. The pub is in a busy central location near the main shopping parade and Carlton train station and has a bus stop outside.

"With Dona at the helm, running a tight ship to ensure great service and more modern and inviting surroundings, I am sure it will become a popular place for Carlton residents to socialise, especially as it is opening just as the festive season starts.”

The refurbishment at the Beacon Hill is part of a £38m investment that Star Pubs & Bars is making in more than 700 pubs in 2021.


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