A POPULAR pub in Abergele is due to re-open its doors, with its new manager also set to take on the same role at a wine bar soon to open in the town.

Pen-y-Bont Inn, on Bridge Street, closed several weeks ago, but planning to welcome back customers under new ownership – and a new name - from Friday, March 1.

Its new manager, Michael Warton, is also planning to be in charge of The Winery, which is aiming to open on Market Street later next month.

Plans at Pen-y-Bont Inn include live music, “open mic nights”, functions, game nights, and “gay nights”.

Michael, based in Abergele himself, said: “I used to have a pub many years ago, so this my thing; it’s where I shine - I’m going to be overseeing both.

“At Pen-y-Bont Inn, we’ve got two new chefs, so we’ll be doing food from 12-8pm.

“All of the signs have been taken down, and it’s all been decorated and done up. The whole pub’s had a makeover, so it looks a hell of a lot better.

“What I’m aiming for is live music, open mic nights on Wednesdays, a gay night on the last Thursday of every month, function rooms for events on Fridays and Saturdays, and bingo on Sunday nights.

“With The Winery, I just wanted Abergele to have a nice little wine bar.”

Pen-y-Bont Inn will mark its re-opening weekend with live music, games of Play Your Cards Right and Open The Box, and karaoke.

The celebrations will take place across the weekend, from Friday to Sunday.

It will re-open for the first time at 12pm on March 1, with The Winery to follow "in due course".