Sky Sports pundit Barry McDermott turned up to the official opening of the Bay Horse pub in Meanwood, Leeds last week.
The pub, which is run by award-winning licensee Carmel Daly Fletcher and her husband Paul, has been completely refurbished to create six distinct trading areas: a sports area where the walls are adorned with sporting memorabilia collected by Paul who was former coach to Leeds Rhinos; a "chill-out" area where comfortable furnishings have been installed; the dining area where traditional home-cooked food will be served; and the community area where tables are positioned to view both the screens and the garden area, where a brick built barbecue and outside bar will serve customers.
A first-floor function room has been created for community use.
"We had a phenomenal opening night" said Carmel. "All week we have had people popping in and out to take a sneak peek at the new look bar, and they turned up in crowds to help us celebrate the reopening with Barry. We had the added bonus of a few other rugby players who came to join us on the night."
The "significant" cost of the refurbishment at the pub, which is leased from Enterprise Inns, was not disclosed.