Pub gets a fresh new look ahead of re-opening

A Seaton Delaval pub has undergone a major interior transformation after winning a national award.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 9:00 am
Sharon Herron, landlady of The Keel Row.

The Keel Row received the £10,000 make-over, funded by Coca-Cola, after winning the Feeding the Community category at the 2020 Great British Pub Awards.

The money has gone towards new, more secure pub doors, recarpeting the pub throughout and paying for new dining chairs in the restaurant.

The team also kept £1,000 aside to donate to their long-term charity partner, Daft as a Brush, which provides a free transport service for cancer patients across the North East to use when travelling to hospital for chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

The revamped restaurant at The Keel Row.

Sharon Herron, publican at The Keel Row, said: “The improvements we’ve made with the grant have made a huge difference – we’ve been wanting to make them for a while, but something else always comes along and takes priority.

“To receive such a sizeable lump sum from Coca-Cola has made this possible for us at last, and as well as treating ourselves and our customers to some upgrades on-site, we’re so glad to keep supporting the amazing work of Daft as a Brush.

“When we’re finally able to re-open it will be even more special, as we can welcome our loyal customers to a new and improved Keel Row.”

So far this year, Sharon and her team have continued with their community support work, collecting and donating around 50 laptops to help local families who are home-schooling, as well as continuing to provide a takeaway service and creating afternoon teas for children and adults to mark special occasions in the home.

Coca-Cola GB Brands Director Paul Grace added: “We’ve been inspired by the ways in which publicans have stepped up to support local people throughout the coronavirus pandemic, despite many facing hardship themselves.

“The Coca-Cola Community Pub Fund is our way of giving something back.

"The grant money is designed to help these businesses – and their communities – get back on their feet when they’re able to.

"The Keel Row interior looks amazing and we’re so pleased for the team.”