A partnership between Spennymoor Town Football Club and Red Oak Taverns will see a formerly renowned Spennymoor pub re-open.
Following Red Oak Taverns’ acquisition of The Salvin Arms on King Street, Spennymoor, the pub will proudly re-open its doors as ‘The Moors Tavern’ in August 2016.
Red Oak Taverns and Spennymoor Town will carry out a substantial refurbishment of all areas of the pub over coming weeks. The football club will then begin renting the premises from the pub company for at least the next five years.
The pub will be open all week and the football club hope to make it part of their match days for both home fans and visiting supporters.
Bradley Groves, Chief Executive of Spennymoor Town, said: “The new Moors Tavern will act as a social hub for all associated with our club and the local Spennymoor community both on match days and throughout the week.
“This isn’t just a project for the football club. It’s the re-opening of a much-loved pub, so this is for the whole town.
“Visiting away fans will be welcome before and after matches and we hope the pubs proximity to the ground will encourage fans to mix socially and visit before games.”
Mike Rowcroft, Director of Supporter and Community Engagement, said: “'Ever since we lost the clubhouse to a fire in 2003 the supporters have been without a real focal point to congregate before and after the game. The announcement of the opening of the Moors Tavern is going to be a major boost to the supporters and the club alike and one more facility to improve the supporters’ match day experience for the new season and beyond.
“The bar in the main stand is very well attended on match days but the size is a limiting factor in the sort of facility that we want to provide. The refurbished Moors Tavern will be open seven days a week serving not only the club on match days but the wider community of Spennymoor.
“The clubhouse has been a long time coming after a few false starts but ultimately, having seen the plans in store, the wait will have been worth it.”
Nathan Audas, Operations Director at Red Oak Taverns, said: “We are proud to be working with Spennymoor Town football club and Bradley Groves on this project and can’t wait for the pub to be given a new lease of life following the works. This is a major change for the pub and we hope the guests will embrace and enjoy the new offer so it can establish itself at the heart of the community once again. The Moors Tavern will be a traditional community pub designed to appeal to all those linked to the football club but also the local residents and families who want their proud local back.”
The club's Tyne Crescent entrance to their stadium, The Brewery Field, will be made operational again for the coming season, meaning there’s only a short walk from the pub to the ground. And more works are planned to improve the club’s home over coming months as they aim to deliver continuous improvements to their match day experience.