The Spread Eagle pub in Croydon has reopened its doors for the first time in nearly three weeks following a £300,000 refurbishment.

The pub, located on Katherine Street, is now fitted out with new equipment and furniture, a new sound system, and wide-screen televisions for showing televised sport.

The refurbishment seals the handover of the Fullers-owned pub to Whelans, an Irish-themed pub chain, who has announced plans for live music, and a reopening of the pub’s upstairs theatre.

The new owners have said there will be "something for everybody".

Austin Whelan, the founder of the business said: “We want to be a good family-based local.

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"We want to open the function room upstairs for events for our customers.

"We want to offer something for everybody.

“We’re trying to put on good service and good food, just as we’re known for in our other pubs in the area.”

New opening times are from 11am until midnight from Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 10.30pm on Sundays.

Whelens already runs several pubs in and around Croydon, including the Bedford Tavern on Sydenham Road and the eponymous Whelans in South Croydon.

A previous, brief closure of the Spread Eagle allowed for initial stocktaking and changes.

The pub then closed on May 1 for extensive refurbishments.