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Cheers! Upminster pub opens its doors after refit

PUBLISHED: 12:24 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:24 17 November 2015

Deputy Mayor Philippa Crowder cuts the ribbon with husband John Crowder, Councillors Ray Best and Christine Vickery, & general manager Steven Cooke

Deputy Mayor Philippa Crowder cuts the ribbon with husband John Crowder, Councillors Ray Best and Christine Vickery, & general manager Steven Cooke

The Junction - Upminster

The first pint has been pulled at a refurbished Upminster pub by the Deputy Mayor of Havering, Cllr Phillipa Crowder.

Cllr Crowder was joined by her husband Cllr John Crowder, Cllr Ray Best and Christine Vickery as she cut a ribbon and declared The Junction, in Station Road, open.

General manager, Steven Cooke, said: “We were honoured to have the Deputy Mayor of Havering, Phillipa Crowder, and the other VIPs join us for the opening of the pub.”

The popular pub, formally The Essex Yeoman, has received an extensive £200,000 refurbishment and a new name.

The pool table might be gone, but the revamped bar now offers an extended selection of regional ales and world beers on tap for customers to enjoy and a much livelier, modern feel.

General Manager Steven Cooke said: “The pub needed a new lease of life and some modernisation to really bring something exciting to Upminster.”

Opposite Upminster station, the pub, owned by Greene King is popular in the area, but some have questioned the necessity of the name-change.

“We couldn’t really keep calling it The Essex Yeoman and make the changes we wanted to make,” said Mr Cooke.

“But so far the customers have loved it. It’s been buzzing!”

The bar has been completely redecorated with white tiles and wooden furnishings, and the entire pub’s furniture range has been updated to give it a much needed face-lift.

Mr Cooke said: “I worked at the Yeoman and I know the clientele, so I know what they wanted to change and what they wanted to stay the same.

“The pool table is gone but we kept the dart board and the four big screens, we’ll still be showing all the sports events and everything.

“This pub is a lynchpin of the local community, so we’re pleased to offer even better surroundings to both our regulars and newcomers.”

Mr Cooke added: “My team and I look forward to welcoming more guests in the coming weeks.”


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