A POPULAR pub in Aveley will be given a new grand opening after being taken over by a local businessman.

Former entertainment manager, Kevin Field, 54, has recently taken over The Old Ship Inn in High Street and is hoping to give the place a new lease of life.

Mr Field is set to refurbish the pub and is set to introduce a new restaurant, a games room, and beer garden extension.

Mr Field said: “I’d been looking to take on a pub for the past 18 months and when I saw The Old Ship Inn I just fell in love with it.

“Its traditional style, stained glass windows and open fires make it a really special place and one I’m now proud to call home.

“Once the refurbishment is complete, I plan on increasing what we can offer the local community, including home-cooked meals and live music nights.

“Most importantly, it’s my priority to provide the people of Aveley with a quality pub they love visiting.”