The landlord of a new pub in Ilkeston - branded a ‘Victorian gin-style palace’ - hopes it will breathe new life into the town centre.
Hogarths, on South Street, is located at the premises of the former Charter pub.
Ian Eyre, landlord at the Amber Taverns-run pub, said it had undergone a complete refurbishment.
He said: “The concept is that it’s a gin palace. We currently have 92 gins and are hoping to get to 130.
“On the opening night they were selling like hot cakes. It’s basically gin and tonic but brings different flavours, with added blackcurrants for example.
“We also have five different tonics to make it more tasty. We even have chilli gin, people are loving it so far.”
Changes to the venue mean there is no longer a dance floor, with the aim being for a more civilised and social environment.
Hogarths also has a selection of ten real ales, with a cellar brewery that people can see into.
Ian, who runs Hogarths with his partner Amy Clifton, said he hoped the pub would breathe new life back into the town: “Ilkeston is very much a circuit town, people used to end up in the Charter. Since it closed it left a massive void in the town. Some people don’t want to go to Derby.”
Hogarths, which had its opening night last week, is open until midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 11pm the rest of the week. They also show BT and Sky Sports .
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