The Commercial opened again on 23 November with a VIP event which also welcomed the Mayor of Morley, Councillor Bob Gettings and local Councillors Thomas Leadley and Lew Beever.
New publicans Mike Gorvin and Dara Scott welcomed customers old and new to view the refreshed look and feel at the Elland Road pub, where guests were given the chance to enjoy a drinks reception and menu sampling.
Internally, the pub has been remodelled and redecorated to create a more modern and sociable space in which to relax, including new furnishings and flooring. With sporting fixtures a key focus, televisions and a music system have been installed, whilst a gaming and entertainment area has been created. The external appearance of the pub has also be updated with new signage and lighting.
Commenting on the launch event, Mike said: “The investment marks a new era for The Commercial and one which we am delighted to be a part of. The pub benefits from a great location at the heart of the village and represents a quality community venue where customers can expect fantastic service, a revitalised food and drinks offer, alongside its already popular live sports and entertainment programme.
“The turnout was fantastic and by the reaction of everyone who attended we got it spot on. It was great to see the pub buzzing with so many guests – we felt very honoured that they all came down to join in the celebrations.”
Andrea Jenkyns, MP added: “I was delighted to visit The Commercial and see the transformation first hand. The investment has improved the pub’s appearance and facilities and it is great news for the Churwell community. I wish the team at The Commercial all the best for the future.”
Sam Ward, openings manager for Punch concluded: “I would like to congratulate Mike, Dara and their team for all of their hard work which went into making last night’s launch event such a success.
“The Commercial is a fantastic example of a great British community pub and I am certain it will have a very successful future ahead.”