Weld Blundell re-opens after £500,000 revamp
THE Weld Blundell pub in Lydiate, which has been closed for 17 months, opened on Friday, October 13 following a major £490,000 investment which has seen the pub redecorated from top to bottom.
Pub operator, Mike Reeve, said taking on The Weld Blundell, “is more than a business venture, it is an opportunity to support the community I was brought up in and where most of his family still live”.
Mike invited his childhood scout leader Ian Anderson of 1st Lydiate Scouts (formerly 5th Sefton East) scouts and other scout leaders including his twin brother, Simon Reeve, to join guests at a gathering to celebrate the re-opening of the Weld Blundell.
Funds raised on the night from food were donated to the scouts to help their fundraising campaign.
A new dining area with seating for 60 people has been created and an open plan kitchen installed so diners can see their food being prepared.
Outside the car park has been upgraded and a new entrance added. A new patio has been created and the garden landscaped and enclosed to make it safe for children.
New signage and planting have given the prominent pub a facelift, with the aim of enhancing the village.
Mike said: “I was delighted that Ian and the other scout leaders were able to come to the opening. The scouts helped me when I was younger so it’s great to be able to support them.
“The Weld Blundell combines my passion for pubs with my love of the area.
“It gives locals, including my family, what they want on their doorstep – a great family friendly pub.
“I am very much looking forward to seeing some familiar faces across the bar and to meeting many new ones in the months ahead.”
Ian Anderson, scout leader said: “All the team at 1st Lydiate Scout Group are pleased to see new life breathed into one of Lydiate’s landmark pubs, and through the very kind support of Mike, the landlord, and his team, be part of the start of this new venture, and benefit from it.
“The donations received will make a huge difference to the work the group does in supporting young people of the local community, and are very much appreciated, and indeed are a reflection of the part the ‘Welly’ will no doubt play in the years to come, in bringing the community together.
“The monies received through Mike's support, will directly help support young people in fully engaging in the programme of activities and opportunities the team of volunteer leaders provide, and it is support like this, that has helped us expand and grow further.”