The pub reopening will also create six new jobs in the process and will feature a contemporary décor, fixtures and fittings including booth seating with mini screens, a cocktail bar and a faux flower selfie wall.
The project has also made sports a focus with the installation of four screens inside and a weatherproof 80-inch screen outside.
The revamp has maximised the 200-seater space, adding an outside bar serving draught beer and a 9m x 9m giant umbrella to cover much of the area in rainy weather. Additionally, the new gazebos at the front will provide sheltered seating for a further 40 people.
Iain Browns, managing director, Sussex Inns, said: “The William Hardwicke is the oldest and one of the biggest pubs in the town.
“It’s a Bognor Regis institution and well loved by residents. The pub has been a cracking venue in the past that has catered for all ages. We want to recapture that success with a chameleon offer providing great quality and service whatever the occasion.”
Dugald Mace, operations director for the South East, Star Pubs and Bars, added: “We’ve been delighted to support Sussex Inns at The William Hardwicke. They’re incredibly professional operators with a real understanding of the local market.
“Their business model for The William Hardwicke taps into multiple revenue opportunities and unlocks the pub’s massive potential. The pub looks superb and, with staycation on the increase, is set for a fantastic summer.”