A WITNEY pub has closed to undergo a £100,000 refurbishment, as its new manager pledges to create the “hub of the neighbourhood”.

Ye Olde Cross Keys, in Market Square, has shut down until Tuesday, February 12, for the revamp.

Spirit Pub Company, which owns it, plans to refurbish the interior and exterior, bring in new furniture and update the food and drinks offers.

Gareth Hunter, who has worked in hospitality for 17 years, took over the pub three weeks ago.

He said: “I’m really excited about the future of Ye Olde Cross Keys. “With this refurbishment the team and I hope to bring back the essence of what a great British pub is all about; great food, a wide selection of drinks and excellent entertainment.

“The team and I aim to make Ye Olde Cross Keys the hub of the neighbourhood by launching several nights of great entertainment which will run every week and include poker leagues, live music and quizzes.”

He said the pub also planned burger, curry and steak nights.

Spirit Pub Company lost planning permission to create an outside drinking and dining area in Market Square last month.