Local news - The Swallow Gets a MakeoverA Hampshire pub once beset by problems has undergone an £80,000 refurbishment to revive it.

Enterprise Inns’ The Swallow, in Andover, previously suffered a poor reputation and received noise complaints from neighbours.

But now the community pub has been transformed by Enterprise and Publican Jackie Jackson.

MPs Kit Malthouse and Sir George Young were joined by Test Valley Borough Councillor Iris Andersen and Enterprise Regional Manager Daniel Oakford at the venue to applaud the great work that has been done.

Jackie said: “The Swallow is nothing like it used to be, and the feedback has been fantastic. We’re all working hard to give the community a welcoming place to relax, socialise and celebrate special occasions.”

As well as new fixtures and fittings, the bar has been reshaped to allow for greater movement around the pub. New flooring and lighting has been installed and modern furniture has given the venue a renewed feel. Additionally, the toilets have been refurbished and new signage has been mounted outside.

Since the overhaul, Jackie has focused on listening and responding to her customers. She has introduced Sky Sports, while fun-filled themed nights are a regular fixture.

She added: “Not only are we encouraging people to come in for a drink, we have the facilities to offer weddings and birthday parties too. We already have around seven wedding bookings this year.

“Similarly, we are equipped to cater to families and children. We often have a bouncy castle outside and try to host as many family-friendly activities as we can. We are hosting an egg hunt during Easter.

“I look forward to old and new customers coming through the door and feeling proud of their local.”

The pub boasts a large function room which holds up to 150 people, as well as spacious parking and outside space. Bar snacks will soon be on the menu.

Enterprise Regional Manager Daniel Oakford added: “We’ve worked in close partnership with Jackie to transform The Swallow. The investment and hard work has certainly paid off.”

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