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Monday, 25 May 2015

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Work progresses to reopen Workington pub

A prominent, empty Workington town centre pub could be reopened within the next three months.

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LANDLORD: Paul McGee outside the Curwen Arms

The Curwen Arms, which has stood empty for more than a year, has been bought by Paul McGee, landlord of the town’s Old Red House.

He hopes to reopen it soon as The Henry Curwen.

Work to revamp the Bridge Street pub started in December. Internal walls have been knocked through, the roof replaced and new windows and wiring put in.

Steelwork and further building work will be carried out over the coming months.

Mr McGee said he hoped to serve food at the pub which may employ more than 20 people.

Mr McGee said: “It always used to be popular because it has a great beer garden which will be a winner when summer comes.

“I want to concentrate more on the food aspect and I’m in the process of developing the two menus for lunchtimes and dinner times.”

Mr McGee, who also runs PM Security, has run the Old Red House, on Pinfold Street, for five years. He will continue there until November when the lease is due to expire.

Heineken closed the Curwen Arms after a former licensee decided to concentrate on running another pub. It was put up for lease and then sale.

Brewery firm Marston’s, which owns Cockermouth brewer Jennings, has helped to finance the project.

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