Chesterfield pub to reopen after revamp which features 'beach huts' and 250 outdoor seats
A Chesterfield pub is preparing to reopen next month after transforming its outdoor drinking areas to provide up to 250 seats in ‘beach huts’.
The Spotted Frog, on Chatsworth Road, has introduced eight beach huts with their own TVs, heaters, Wi-Fi and USB connections for customers to enjoy.
Staff are also launching a new menu and have been busy during lockdown undergoing numerous different training courses.
Pub bosses hope to reopen in April when outdoor hospitality returns under the Government’s roadmap for the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Co-owners Trevor Marples and Nicola Claxton, who also own the Butchers Arms at Brimington, said they couldn’t wait to welcome customers again after a difficult year.
"As we all know, the last 12 months have been extremely difficult for everyone,” Trevor said.
“While we bemoan the fact of being unable to open, this does pale into insignificance when compared with the suffering endured by others.
“For our part, at both The Spotted Frog and The Butchers Arms, we have remained positive throughout the period, with continued upgrading and development of our outside areas, redecoration where needed, and a thorough cleanse throughout.
"It is our intention to open both pubs on the April 12, with about 250 seats outside at The Spotted Frog and 200 at The Butchers Arms.
"We have recently constructed eight ‘beach huts’ which are fully fitted with their own TV, heaters, Wi-Fi and USB connection and are in the process of launching our new app and booking system.”
Although furloughed, Trevor’s team have completed a series of online courses which include, customer service, drugs awareness and health and safety.
All staff have also taken and passed a CPD-certified first aid course.
Trevor added: “We have teamed up with Teresa Lambarelli and the Pie-minster brand to provide a varied and tasty food offering and will continue to show all major sporting/world events on our 16 TV Screens inside and out.
"Live entertainment will also be a feature throughout the year.”
Last year, the pub its showed its support for the NHS by helping to create a stunning rainbow mural celebrating key workers.
For more information, visit the Spotted Frog’s Facebook page.