One of Doncaster’s oldest pubs – where the St leger was named – will close on Sunday as it’s transformed into a hotel.
Wetherspoons’ pub, The Red Lion, in Market Place, was the hostelry where the world’s oldest classic was named by a group of aristocrats, after it was first run in 1776 on Cantley Common. It will close for a complete overhaul.
The expansion of the pub into a hotel is likely to create around 10 jobs with staff at the current hostelry given positions elsewhere in the company.
Pub manager, Matthew Fearn (pictured), said: “This is an exciting redevelopment. Once refurbished The Red Lion will be more than twice its present size. The front will essentially stay the same, but it will consist of a much bigger downstairs area with a bigger bar that will be relocated to the opposite side of the building, a larger kitchen and smoking and non-smoking areas in a new beer garden.”
He added: “There will be about 15 bedrooms, with some on the first floor along with toilets and further bedrooms on the second floor. It should be fantastic and, with refurbishment of Market Place, make it one of the premier venues in Doncaster.”
Team leader, Genna Laverick (pictured), said: “The refurbishment will see the building taken back to the shell and completely revamped inside. All present staff will be relocated to other Wetherspoon pubs in the area.”
She added: “I’m looking forward to seeing the new look building once it is up and running.”
On the last day before closure a charity race night for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent will be run in commemoration of the famous classic horse race.
Wetherspoons already has around 20 hotels and more than 800 pubs nationwide. The Red Lion – in Market Place for more than 250 years – and The Salutation are believed to be he town centre’s oldest pubs.