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Macclesfield pub set to reopen after £132,000 investment

A community pub in Macclesfield is set to relaunch following an investment of more than £130,000 from community pub operator, Hawthorn Leisure.

The Old Millstone, on Waters Green, will host an opening launch party on Friday 27 September following a “significant refurbishment”, including a complete revamp inside and out to give the sports venue a new look and feel.

Experienced publican Anthony Powell said he is hoping to “win over” the local community with the Old Millstone’s new facilities having previously managed Hawthorn Leisure’s pub The Lamplighter in Chorley for four years.

Hawthorn Leisure – which operates more than 650 community pubs across England, Scotland and Wales owned by specialist leisure and retail property company NewRiver – has redecorated the entire venue, installed new lighting, wooden furniture and a brand-new seating area, as well as upgrading the beer garden and bathroom facilities.

Powell said: “It’s been a long process, but I’m delighted to confirm the pub will be reopening this Friday.  I know how much The Millstone means to everyone in the local community so I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to the new look.

“We’ve invited some local businesses to the launch event so we look forward to greeting them and of course welcoming some familiar faces and new customers as well. There will be a complimentary drink on arrival for everyone who has an invitation.”

Hawthorn Leisure managing director of operations, Mark McGinty, added: “Anthony has brilliant experience and a proven track record of running pubs within Hawthorn Leisure so I’m sure the Old Millstone will be a huge success with locals who can look forward to a great welcome and vastly improved community facilities.”

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