Real-ale pub wins commendation for its refurbishment
A REAL-ALE pub which underwent a full restoration has been commended for the refit.
The Smithfield, in Meadow Road, Derby, has received the commendation for the improvement work from the Derby Civic Society as part of its George Larkin Brighter City of Derby awards.
Owner Paul Clark, who bought the pub in December 2011 and finished the refurbishment earlier this year, said he was delighted with the award.
He said: "We went over the original budget as we found we needed to completely re-roof the building and replace all the windows – but it's worth it.
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"This recognises the hard work a lot of people put into the place."
The Smithfield has not always been a pub. It was built in 1840 as the Cattle Market Hotel and was not named as the Smithfield until July 1982.
The pub is run by Scott and Claire Muldoon, who took over from Penny and Roger Myring, who ran the Smithfield for 11 years.
The presentation of the award will take place in the Council House today.