Since the revamp it has more than doubled its takings.
A pub in Swadlincote has received a completely new look and has now been given a whole new lease of life.
Since the £150,000 refurbishment, the pub has more than doubled its takings.
The Catchems, in Hearthcote Road, closed in July and reopened after the revamp which included a children’s play area to create a family-friendly atmosphere.
In fact, it has proved so popular with customers that two of them have had the name tattooed on them – one on their ankle and the other on their bottom.
The pub restaurant was taken over by manager Michael Lenthall at the beginning of December 2018 and has gone from strength to strength since.
Since reopening the boozer has taken on more staff – rising from 11 to 31 – who are all from the South Derbyshire area.
Most of them can even walk to work.
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Michael, who runs the pub with his wife, Belinda, has been working in the pub trade since the age of 21.
He was taking a break from the industry and working at Ikea when the chance to take over the pub came up.
The 47-year-old said: “When we took over in December it was in need of some TLC and rather than just come in and be sombre about it, I thought I would just get on with it.
“We have created a children’s play out the back, most pubs are taking them out due to health and safety but we have built one which is a really safe place.
“The thing is, people can come here and get a three-course meal for £5.99 and add a drink for a £1.
“We have got at least two bands on a month, usually on a Saturday night, and the other Saturdays you have a DJ – yours truly.
“We have got a lot of people coming back to the pub – it really is the place to be.
“I have got two customers who love it that much that one had ‘Catchems’ tattooed on their ankle and the other had it on the bum.
“They just enjoy coming in here that much.
“There is something for everybody now. From Monday to Friday we have two main courses for £9 which is really competitive compared to a lot of places.
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