AN HISTORIC Horwich pub has reopened today after an extensive makeover.

Ye Jolly Crofter, in Chorley Old Road, has undergone a £250,000 refurbishment, with amazing renovations inside and out.

The revamp is the biggest in the pub’s recent history and follows the establishment’s recent taken over by Marston’s.

Among the changes are expanded bar and dining areas, new decor and furniture and photographic displays of historical and cultural interest.

Outside there is a new decking area and two beer gardens at the front and rear of the building.

The pub has also received a handsome lick of paint, had its roof restored, and a new sign has been erected based on a remastering of an original design.

Drinkers will now be able to sample four rotating cask ales, plus a host of draught alcoholic and soft drinks and spirits.

And diners can enjoy full table service and sample an overhauled menu ­— featuring hearty food and pub classics, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

In addition to the aesthetic changes the pub is also launching a range of new entertainment from quizzes and a kids club, to live music, monthly tribute acts and rock and roll bingo.

A soft launch dry run was held at the pub on Saturday attended by invited guests, and was met with rapturous approval.

Manager, Jonathan Toft, said: “We are really happy with how the refurb has gone and the reception has been incredible.

“Ye Jolly Crofter is a place for people to come and meet up, relax and make friends. It’s all about great food, great drinks and a great community atmosphere. I have never felt community spirit like we have here.”

Ye Jolly Crofter dates back to the 17th century, and it is believed there has been an ale house at the site since 1640, servicing the workers of the nearby open air bleach works.

Among the pubs features lost to time are a stable and a string of properties, called Tup Row, which enveloped the inn.

The current building was constructed in 1930 and still boasts original features including the bar, a Tiffany-esque glass ceiling light and ornate carved woodwork.

The pub is dog friendly and opens from 11am every day until 11pm Sunday to Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.