The Old Swan on St. Oswalds Street, known locally as the Whitehouse, will close after trading on Wednesday 25th April in order to make way for a refurbishment which will see the pub closed for six days.

The pub, which is owned and operated by the Stonegate Pub Company was built in 1775 and is one of the area’s oldest buildings, serving as a coach stopover in the 19th century.

Managed by local girl, Kate Lawless, the Old Swan will reopen to locals and guests on Thursday 3rd May from 6pm. Kate and the team have already organised an opening night to remember with music from Kieran McKay, samples from the food menu, complimentary bubbly and the highlight of the evening, Casino Royale where you can bet on lady luck with a range of casino-style tables and activities.

“The team and I are really looking forward to seeing the pub once it’s complete. The refurbishment has been planned for a while so it’s great that it’s finally here. We’re completely updating the outside of the building, restoring it to the classic black and white as well getting new plants and outdoor furniture for the beer garden.

“Inside the Old Swan, we are stripping back and polishing the floor, repainting and reviving the woodwork, bringing in new furniture, wallpaper, carpets and rich fabrics. Whilst the pub is having a revamp, we’re still going to be offering the same warm, welcoming traditional pub environment that’s always been at the Old Swan.

“Our Casino Royale themed opening party looks set to be a great success. Kieran will be playing all of the hits associated with the Rat Pack such as That’s Life, My Way and That’s Amore and the girls behind the bar will be dressing up in Flapper-style outfits ensuring the night will be roaring success!

“Whilst the pub is closed, the team will be undergoing training on all aspects of the business from outstanding customer service to training on the food and drink offer making that everyone who walks into the Old Swan is guaranteed a warm welcome and a great experience.”