Scunthorpe pub staff look forward to opening the town's biggest ever beer garden

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 31 Dec 2017

Staff at Scunthorpe’s Blue Bell Inn are keeping their fingers crossed that the summer of 2018 will be a scorcher.

For the planned redevelopment of the 18-year-old pub-restaurant on Oswald Road includes the creation of the town’s biggest-ever beer garden.

When finished it will seat 691 people, compared to the present 394.

The garden will be equipped with a self-watering system for ease of maintenance.

Some of the Bell regulars are already hoping that outdoor live entertainment will also be provided.

Taking over three adjoining properties will see the present kitchen relocated.

The vacant space will be used to improve the cellar, toilets and bar servery.

Bosses at J D Wetherspoon are making food the focal point of their mega-investment in Scunthorpe.

They have told planners the enlarged kitchen will allow greater operational efficiency to meet an expected increased demand for good quality food.

Surprisingly, the investment will create only four new jobs to add to the present 18 staff.

But the company has not ruled out further expansion of the site.

When the redevelopment is complete, the opening hours will remain the same from 8am until midnight, Monday to Friday, and until 1am on Sunday.

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