THE St Aldate’s Tavern in Oxford has reopened after a £130,000 revamp. The pub, which closed last year, has a new kitchen, more seating, upgraded toilets and improved staff accommodation. It reopened on Saturday.

General manager Lucas Van Rensburg, said: “It has definitely got the wow factor now. “We wanted to go back to basics and create a traditional pub with locally sourced ales and great food, and the interior reflects that.”

Owner Clive Watson said: “I wanted a pub which has a wide range of beers, some good continental lagers and great sharing food.

“I wanted it to be a place where if you want a drink you can but if you want to go for a drink and food you can as well.”

Mr Watson, who also owns pubs in Cambridge, Bath and Stratford, added: “It is great to be open and we are really excited about the future.” Pictures: OX54261 Jon Lewis