One of Lynn’s most famous pubs is having a £250,000 renovation ahead of its grand re-opening next week.
The Maids Head, in Tuesday Market Place, has been taken on by Metro Inns, who say their ideas, and their location, are ideal for the town.
Previously a popular music venue, the company, which took over the site last autumn, now wants to make the pub the ideal place for lovers of both real ales and quality dining.
And general manager Tom Newman said they were offering a “new vision” to customers.
He said: “There is a massive gap in the market that King’s Lynn has been shouting out about for years.
“The Maids Head has the space and the history to fill it.”
The project is the latest chapter in the history of the pub, which dates back to the mid-18th century, and reverted to its original Maids Head name in 2013.
Under its previous landlord, Peter Napthen, the Maids Head was one of the town’s most popular venues for live music. Mr Napthen now runs the Woolpack in Gaywood Road.
And Mr Newman said there were only plans for the Maids to hold occasional music nights.
The new look venue will instead offer space for 120 diners and there are also plans to install outdoor seating, in order to take advantage of the cafe culture that officials hoped to develop through the redevelopment of the square last year.
Metro Inns already runs nine pubs in East Anglia, including the White Horse in Gaywood, which it took over last summer.
The company has been working with Enterprise Inns, who own the building, and T M Browne Ltd on the revamp.
The pub will re-open to the public next Thursday, February 12, following an event for invited guests the previous evening, which representatives of all three companies will be attending.