PUNTERS finally got to sample Hartlepool’s newest pub after its official opening.
Work started on the Stag and Monkey, on the corner of Belle Vue Way and Brenda Road, in Hartlepool, in the autumn of last year.
Its opening, by the Hungry Horse chain, has created 70 new full and part-time jobs and has been described as a family pub and restaurant.
Rebecca Ord, manager of the Stag and Monkey, said: “The local community has been waiting for the Stag and Monkey to open for some time and as a team, we were very excited to open the doors today and welcome our new customers.
“The pub is filled with a positive atmosphere and we are already getting great customer feedback.”
Last summer Hartlepool Borough Council gave planning permission for Greene King Developments to build on the pub site, which was previously derelict, opposite the popular Tees Bay Retail Park.
Work started last Autumn and it was initially due to open for business in March but bosses extended that deadline and it opened yesterday at 11am.
The Hungry Horse pub has room for 79 car parking spaces, and has a restaurant, bar area, a beer cellar, a wines and spirits store, with a flat for the manager and a second flat for the assistant manager on the first floor.
When planning permission was granted, councillors said the new pub and family restaurant was a welcome boost to the town after the closure of several town pubs which had struggled to stay afloat.
They include The Powlett pub, off Powlett Road, The Shakespeare, in Catcote Road, The Pink Domino, in Brierton Lane, and The Station Hotel, in Station Lane in Seaton Carew.
Work on the Stag and Monkey coincided with road traffic improvements to the junction on the corner of Belle Vue Way and Brenda Road.