A popular Hartlepool pub has re-opened after a £250,000 makeover.
The Whitehouse, in Wooler Road, has undergone a major refurbishment.
It re-opened to customers on Friday night after being closed since Monday.
The pub, which is part of the Ember Inns chain, has taken on three new staff and an apprentice.
Work has included knocking through walls, creating a more open feel, new carpeting, curtains and new fixtures and fittings.
Long-serving manager Sue Grays said: “We have made it more open and a bit more warm and cosy.
“It was just looking a bit tired and the refurbishment has made such a boost.
“Everybody loves it and says it is very homely.”
New seating has been added on the porch outside and the smoking shelter moved.
“It is going to be lovely in the summer,” added Sue.
A number of invited guests were given a sneak preview of the new-look pub yesterday afternoon before officially reopening on Friday night.
The refurbishment is the first major revamp the pub has had for eight years.
Area manager Chris Ozelton said he is thrilled with the results.
He said: “The best part of £250,000 has been invested in the building.
“A lot of work has gone into it and a lot of people involved in pulling a project like this together, but the results are absolutely fantastic.
“Big spends like this are not particularly common.
“We have created three new jobs and taken on an apprentice as part of this as well.
“If we reach the levels of sales we are expecting, hopefully we will be taking on some more apprentices and some more staff as the business continues to grow.”
A range of new cask ales have been added to the pumps, including a pale ale brewed specially for Ember Inns.
A new menu has also been created, which Sue said went down well with customers during a special preview tasting.
The outside of the building has also has a new lick of paint.
Mr Ozelton said the refurbishment has helped to safeguard the historic building.
“In a way, it’s quite a responsibility to keep adding to that history of the building and keep it looking as good as we can.
“It has been a large part of a lot of people’s lives.
“My uncle actually came here when it was a school many years ago and he recently came back to enjoy a meal.”