Royston pub set to open with hat firmly tipped to former post office

Decorations inside the Jolly Postie

Decorations inside the Jolly Postie - Credit: Archant

A Royston pub is set to open under a new guise, but with a hat firmly tipped to its former use as a post office.

The old Royal Mail post van inside the Jolly Postie

The old Royal Mail post van inside the Jolly Postie - Credit: Archant

The Jolly Postie – on the site of the old post office in Baldock Street – is in the final throes of its facelift into a tavern with a difference.

The entrance to the Jolly Postie with an old post van inside

The entrance to the Jolly Postie with an old post van inside - Credit: Archant

A postman hovering from the ceiling, a real bicycle attached to the pub sign and a post van which had to be driven into the pub and transformed into a cosy booth are the headline features, but there are plenty more postie decorations to be found in nooks and crannies.

The Jolly Postie sign

The Jolly Postie sign - Credit: Archant

The pub formerly known as The Old Crown has been closed since December 2013, when former tenants The Bramley Pub Company went into administration.

The Jolly Postie manager Laura Jay and area manager Matt Cotter outside the newly refitted pub

The Jolly Postie manager Laura Jay and area manager Matt Cotter outside the newly refitted pub - Credit: Archant

But McMullen & Sons stepped in and the team are looking forward to opening up for business at 5pm on April 1.

The interior of the Jolly Postie

The interior of the Jolly Postie - Credit: Archant


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Area manager Matt Cotter said: “The Jolly Postie has been designed with fun in mind, a really different design to any other pub or bar.

“We greet every person through the doors with a smile and provide exceptional service.

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“We think our lunch, dinner and drinks offering is one of the most exciting things to hit Royston in years.”

The pub’s general manager Laura Jay said: “Now that the builders are finishing up it is really exciting to be moving my team of 45 in.

“The design of the pub has had a fantastic response on Facebook and people have been telling us that they love all the post office decorations.”

The pub – which contains a wood-fired oven – will serve pizza, fresh rotisserie chicken and chargrilled meats, with a couple of pub classics thrown in for good measure.

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