Pub given a new look after renovation

Kirsty and Chris Harris pull the first pint at the Flying Scotsman. Picture by Michael Baister.

Kirsty and Chris Harris pull the first pint at the Flying Scotsman. Picture by Michael Baister.

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A popular pub has been given a new lease of life thanks to a £450,000 renovation.

The Flying Scotsman, in Forest Hall, re-opened last week, giving a welcome boost to the local community and creating ten new jobs.

Husband and wife team Chris and Kirsty Harris (centre) with Punch Taverns Rebecca Davis and Simon Lynch at the Flying Scotsman, Forest Hall. Picture by Michael Baister.

Husband and wife team Chris and Kirsty Harris (centre) with Punch Taverns Rebecca Davis and Simon Lynch at the Flying Scotsman, Forest Hall. Picture by Michael Baister.

At the helm of the new pub are husband and wife team, Chris and Kirsty Harris.

Kirsty said: “We are both really looking forward to this new chapter for the Flying Scotsman.

“Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to run my own pub and we’ve been totally overwhelmed by the interest and support from the local community.”

Guest of honour at the official opening was Peter Hodgson of Jesmond, whose late father Ronnie was the landlord when the Flying Scotsman first opened nearly 50 years ago.

The renovation, in partnership with pub company Punch, gives the Flying Scotsman a completely new look both internally and externally.

A new bar, outside area and fixtures and fittings are just some of the changes.

Serving simple bar food, the pub will focus on offering quality beer, wines and spirits as well as being a hub for local entertainment from traditional pub games to sports nights and a packed programme of live entertainment.