brothers renovating an Ilkeston pub found more than they bargained for when they stripped out the old decor and came across an art deco floor and original features.
Stefan and Andy Rutherford are planning to restore the old General Havelock, on Stanton Road, to its former glory after the discovery.
The pair, who renovated and run the Queen’s Head in Marlpool, are hoping the pub will complete a real ale triangle when it opens later this year.
Stefan told the Advertiser: “The pub will be fantastic when it opens.
“When we first started stripping it out we had no idea we’d end up finding this amazing floor.
“Then when we started work in the toilets we found that all the original tiles were still on the wall.
“It would be criminal to get rid of the original features so rather than replacing everything we’re restoring it.
“It’s more expensive but preserving the feel of the pub and it’s history is important to us and we hope customers will appreciate that.”
The General Havelock, which was last open as Finn McCoul’s, will serve up to 30 real ales and ciders as well as having an open cellar where drinkers can enjoy a pint sitting amongst the barrels.
Stefan added: “With a building so big we wanted to make sure we don’t waste any space so while we worked on the cellar we came up with the idea of inviting people for a drink down there.
“It’s big enough and there’ll be a really good atmosphere.”
The Rutherford brothers will take the same approach with their new investment as they have with the award winning Queen’s Head.
Stefan said: “We don’t have music playing or TVs on the walls.
“We believe that the death of traditional pubs is to blame for the break down in communities so by opening up new pubs with good quality real ale and ciders and nice surroundings we want to see those links forming again.”
The venture, which will cost around £450,000, is set to create between 14 and 16 jobs.
Stefan added: “We want to link up with existing pubs like Spanish Bar and the Dew Drop to give people in Ilkeston some good real ale venues.
“We’re really excited to get up and running now.
“Things are starting to take shape and we’re hoping to open in time for this year’s Charter Fair.”