Refurbishment work gets under way at Brown Bear

The much-anticipated but slightly delayed refurbishment of the Brown Bear pub in Berwick got under way yesterday.

Thursday, 17th November 2016, 10:59 am
The Brown Bear in Berwick

The community group that has taken on the project had hoped to start work earlier this month, but the contract with landlord Frank Flannigan was not finalised until the end of last week.

“We’re delighted to finally get started,” said project manager Mark Dodds.

“We know a lot of people are excited about the prospect of the Brown Bear re-opening and so are we.”

A re-opening date of December 1 has been pencilled in, but the timescale for that to happen is very tight.

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“There’s a lot of work to be done before then, so it may be that the opening is put back a few days but December 1 is our target,” said Mark.

A pub manager, Matt Bright, is in place and a team of tradesmen will in the Hide Hill premises over the next couple of weeks doing renovations.

Mark is still looking for the community to get involved in lots of different ways.

“We’re inviting potential suppliers to get in touch and talk to us,” he said. “We’d also be very happy to get donations of furniture to decorate the pub. We’re even on the lookout for a piano!”

A call has also been made for musicians to perform.

People are invited to drop-in to have their say or fill in the survey on its website – www.berwickbrownbear.co.uk