Posted: 12.04.21 at 14:51 by LAYTH YOUSIF @HitchinNubNews
'We can't wait to welcome everyone to the new Molly Malone's pub!'
So says new landlady Clare Waller who, along with her staff, have been busy gearing up to welcome punters through the doors later today, Monday.
The popular pub on Nightingale Road is under new management and ready for a brand new era.
Outdoor hospitality, events, and hair and nail salons are some of the things that are available to us again from today, as well as non-essential shops, leisure centres and gyms - and of course pubs and restaurants will also be reopening to serve customers outdoors for the first time this year.
For former regulars a look around the new Molly's will bring a pleasant surprise. Clare and her team have been busy putting together a stunning new beer garden.
Speaking to Nub News at the pub only hours before they reopen, Clare said: "We been busy, painting, painting, painting!
"To get ready we've stripped the insides and give it a good old clean. I carried on cleaning upstairs and in the meantime the brewery built us a special Guinness pod for our outdoor area.
"We've been busy painting tables and getting plants in to make it ready.
"All the workmen who've been here have loved it. They said it's like a beach but without the seagulls!
"I'm sick of the site of paint now!
"It's a place to chill out and have fun. We want to make it a community place again."
See Hitchin Nub News soon for more from Clare and the new Molly Malone's including our next UP CLOSE Hitchin feature.
In the meantime take a look at our gallery showcasing the excellent new outdoor area at the 'new Molly's'!
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