Loyal customers at Derby community pub The Loudon Arms can look forward to live sports following a £50,000 refurbishment by owner Hawthorn Leisure.

The award-winning pub company, which owns more than 600 community pubs across England, Scotland and Wales, has installed Sky Sports and BT Sport at the Loudon Street venue.

It has also redecorated the interior, updated the toilets, and reconfigured the bar as part of the mini-facelift. Improvements have also been made to the small beer garden.

The Loudon Arms is managed by Sara Jackson, who took it on in June, and who has run other pubs in the area.

“I have a very loyal customer base here,” she said, “and I’m sure they’ll appreciate the changes that have been made and will enjoy watching live sports on the new screens.”

The pub has a pool table, dart board, and weekend entertainment is planned, including live music and karaoke.

Hawthorn Leisure managing director of operations Mark McGinty said: “The Loudon is a small, traditional, well-run community local that needed refreshing. It will reopen at the end of August brighter and better, with new features that we hope will be well received by its loyal regulars. We’ll now ensure Sara is provided with all the support she requires to continue running a successful, sustainable business.”

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