A POPULAR pub in Chipping Norton is reopening its doors with a launch party later this month.

Customers at The Chequers are being invited to see its refurbished interior and try out the new menu on Friday, June 22.

Boasting a history that dates back to medieval times, The Chequers has shown its pride in its roots by retaining a sense of traditionalism in its new design.

A spokesman for the pub said: “I believe the industry is trying too hard to be cool. Now, people - locals in particular - are just fed up with the pretentiousness.

“We definitely want to keep The Chequers as traditional as possible. Our ethos is ‘real ale for real people'.”

The new interior aims to reflect the pub’s rich history, complete with hanging tapestries and roaring fires.

Starting at 6pm on June 22, the launch event will feature special promotions such as three-for-two on selected drinks, three small plates for £12.95 and deals on The Chequers’ signature tipple, real ale.