A PUB in Tytherington is set to throw open its doors and show off its new look this weekend, having come under new management.

The Swan at Tytherington, which has been taken on by former Yate residents Nikki and Shane Clark, will open on Saturday at midday with plenty of food and live entertainment to celebrate the pub’s recent refurbishment, with an emphasis on the local community and quality home-cooked food.

“We love Tytherington, its local and has that great village atmosphere,” said Nikki, who has spent more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, in hotels and pubs.

“I am looking forward to running the pub so much, I love everything about it and really look forward to meeting everyone.

“The pub has lots of support from residents and had a fantastic reputation back in the day so we wanted to remind people what is so special about the Swan

“I want people to walk in here and feel proud that it is their local.”

Having sold their home in Yate, Nikki and Shane, who will work front of house and in the kitchen respectively, said they longed to work for themselves, rather than managing pubs for someone else.

Over the past four weeks, the pub has undergone a huge transformation, with £250,000 being spent on its great new face-lift, with a new kitchen, a patio area and brand new toilets and accessible toilets.

With the emphasis on “local”, Nikki said that sourcing products and ingredients is also an important part of their business plan.

“We want to try and support as many other local businesses as possible,” she said. “We are aiming to have plenty of beers, ales and spirits that are made nearby on sale and have tried to find a local dairy supplier to get cheese and milk from.

“Our aim is to serve exceptional food for accessible prices. To us it is not about overcharging our customers, but we want to offer quality home-cooked food.”

All 20 members of staff are also from the nearby area, with many from Tytherington, Thornbury and Yate.

The Swan will open on Saturday from midday, with live music starting at 2pm, and other activities including face painting and bouncy castles.

From then on, the pub will be open daily from 11am.