A prominent Skegness pub will soon undergo a £290,000 refurbishment to revitalise it under new management. The Highwayman Inn on Queens Road is being taken under the wing of Heineken-owned Star Pubs and Bars and will create five jobs.
The refurbishments will include a revamped games room, an extended outdoor space and a new menu. The pub will also be renamed ‘The Jack Snipe.’
It will be run by Jayne Longden, who currently owns a pub in Nottingham but has a caravan in Skegness and her partner Carl Shaw who will be heading up the kitchen. The works are set to begin on Monday, September 25 and is scheduled to reopen by mid-November.
Ms Longden said taking over The Highwayman is “a dream come true.” She said: “Carl and I escape to Skegness whenever we can and are customers of The Highwayman when we visit.
“We love Skegness and have always wanted a pub here. When The Highwayman became available, I jumped at the chance to take it on. It’s been closed on and off over recent years and is rundown but, thanks to the regulars, is still very friendly.”
She added: “It’s got loads of potential and the plans are just what’s needed to revitalise it and turn it into a place that all ages can enjoy. The Jack Snipe will be beautiful when the works are completed.
“We’re counting the weeks to the reopening. We can’t wait to show people their new look local.”
Lorna Willoughby, Star Pubs & Bars’ investment manager for Lincolnshire, said: “We’re delighted to be investing in Skegness and developing a top-quality local with broad appeal. Jayne’s plans for The Jack Snipe are spot on and really exciting, there’ll be something for everyone.
“We’re working flat out to open the doors well in time for the festive season and Christmas celebrations.”
Refurbishment work that will be taking place:
- Outside – new cladding signage and lighting, enhancing the neighbourhood. A new external seating area at the front, where people can watch the world go by, will further improve the pub’s appearance.
- Garden – new furniture and securely fenced, providing a safe place for children to play.
- Interior – a total internal makeover will upgrade the dated pub throughout, making it more warm, welcoming and contemporary. The smart new décor will incorporate wood flooring, booth seating and feature wallpaper and lighting. In terms of layout, The Jack Snipe will have a spacious bar and a separate comfortable lounge and dining area with doors opening onto the garden.
- Food – Dishes will be affordable but good quality with a separate menu for children. Complementing the food, the pub will serve an extensive selection of drinks at all price points, including cocktails and coffee. A kitchen refit will enable Jayne and Carl to bring in all-day food focused on traditional pub classics such as burgers, fish and chips and Sunday roasts.
- Dogs – Customers’ four-legged friends have not been forgotten either, and will be offered free treats and bowls of water along with their own dog-friendly area.
- Sports – dedicated games zone kitted out with a new pool table, three darts throws, and a state-of-the-art AV system showing Sky and TNT Sports. With The Jack Snipe’s focus on sports, Jayne will screen all the major tournaments and is keen to hear from anyone who would like to join pool or darts teams.
- Events – afternoon dominoes, bingo, and auctions to evening karaoke, discos, and live entertainment. Summer family fun days and special events for children like breakfast with Santa, visits from the Easter Bunny, and Halloween parties.
The pub is named after the Jack Snipe, one of the many birds found at the nearby Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve. The pub will close after the last orders on Sunday, September 24.