Pig Inn the City reopens as The Lower George Inn in Gloucester
THE old sign still swings in the wind, but the Pig Inn the City is back with a new name and a new identity.
The much-loved watering hole on Westgate Street pulled its last pint two years ago, leaving many to believe the historic building would be transformed into flats.
But behind the scenes over the past 24 months new owners have been fitting out the free-house pub, and last week it reopened under its original guise The Lower George Inn.
Tina Sinclair, from the pub, said: "The new owners Mr and Mrs Clemmings have done a lot of work here.
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"We have got new furniture, new fittings, the whole place has been done out.
"The kitchen has been finished now too so we hope to serve food soon.
"We are also going to be putting on live music again, and we have a function room upstairs that can be used for any occasion."
The new faces behind the bar are keen to attract a varied clientele too.
"We want a variety of ages in here, that would be really nice," added Tina.
"The music we like and that we play is 60s and Motown so it's quite likely that people who enjoy that kind of thing will be keen to come here. We are a free-house, we don't belong to any big brewery or anything, it is a nice family-run pub."
The new owners have been in the pub trade for the last 10 years.
They will be hoping to pick up from where the Pig left off, winning the coveted CAMRA Gloucester Pub of the Year award for three years in a row.
Roger Shield, from Gloucester, was a regular at the Pig Inn the City before it closed. He said: "It is fantastic to see the pub reopen and I like that they have gone back to the old name."
Matt Wood, from Longlevens, said: "I used to drink in the pub but haven't been in for years. It will be good to check it out again."
City councillor Paul Toleman (C, Westgate) said: "I'm really pleased to see it back. That end of town needs a pub again."