Located on the high street in Daventry’s new conservation area, the pub is to be renamed The Lion, a nod to the name it had in the 1930s, The Lion and the Lamb. Fisher and Star Pubs & Bars are jointly spending £400,000 redeveloping the pub. The takeover will create 30 new jobs in the town.
The Lion will open from 9am for eat in and take-out breakfasts alongside coffees and cakes, it will offer lunches for workers and shoppers as well as evening drinking and dining. During the night the pub will morph into a late-night venue with DJs and live music. The pub will close at midnight during the week and 4am on weekends.
A new “urban contemporary” look is being implemented at the pub with exposed brick walls and industrial style lighting and fixtures. The interior will feature three separate zones, a sports bar, a coffee area and a dining area. Outside there will be a walled garden with festoon lighting, outdoor screens and seating for 25.
Fisher said: “It’s great to be taking on another pub with Star as they’re a great company to work with and have a real vision for the future of pubs. Fridays is ideal for my own plans as it’s a high-profile high street site that people talk about. Its size means it can be all things to all people from a family friendly lunch time operation to a late-night venue.”
“My plan is to grow the Northamptonshire estate by another six pubs, both in villages and towns, and to leverage the successful loyalty app we have created for our Manchester pubs in our Northamptonshire micro estate.”
Star Pubs and Bars regional operations director, Paul Linton added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Dan again on this exciting venture. Dan is fantastic operator with drive and a clear strategy for growth. He opened Wedgwood in the centre of Northampton recently and is trading beyond expectation. We have every confidence he’ll do the same with The Lion and wish him well.”