A PUB has reopened following a £500,000 makeover.

The Railway, in Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, threw open its doors to the public at the weekend to show off its new look and food and drinks menus.

The refurbishment has been funded by independent pub owners, Punch, and has involved a kitchen extension and the relocation of toilets in order to create more space for customers.

Meanwhile, new signage and lighting has also been installed outside the pub, as well as carriage-style booth seating ­— a celebration of the area's railway heritage – decking and benches.

Father and daughter landlord duo Iain and Naimi Davies say they hope to transform the pub into a community hub.

Iain, who also runs The White Horse in Harwood with his daughter, said: "We are excited to be here at The Railway; we pride ourselves in running a fantastic pub that serves great food and that is exactly what we will do here.

"The investment has really done the pub proud and both Naimi and I are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to see their new look pub."

The Railway promises to offer an extensive range of cask, craft and world beers as well as premium spirits and a gin menu.

A newly introduced breakfast offer is also available plus a food menu which includes sharers and traditional pub favourites.

The pub will host all the big sporting events throughout the year and provide weekend entertainment from smartphone quizzes to live music and DJ nights.

Managing director for Punch, Andy Spencer said: “The Railway is one of our biggest investments and shows our continued commitment to creating epic community pubs.

"We are really proud of the new look created and are confident that with Iain and Naimi at the helm, the Railway will operate at the very heart of the community it serves."