Famous Newcastle pub goes back to original 1998 name

The Lowther reopened in Newcastle last month, after a complete transformation.
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A well-known Newcastle pub has reopened after a transformation, returning to its original name - The Lowther.

The pub, which is located on Newgate Street, has previously been known as Babylon, Boom Bar, Retro and many other names.

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However, The Lowther has returned to its original roots and renamed itself to the name it was given back in 1998.

The owners of The Lowther - Craft Union, have invested more than £300,000 in transforming the venue, including a completely brand-new bar, flooring, design, lighting, furniture and interior fittings.

Also included in the revamp, which is set to be a popular spot for customers is a pool table and illuminated dartboard.

The Lowther also have a brand-new boss joining the pub, Nick Smith who runs Craft’s Union’s Rose & Crown on the same street.

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Nick said: “The site has been absolutely gutted so it is going to be a great new look and atmosphere for everyone to enjoy at the Lowther.”

The Lowther reopened last month, on February 20 - as they wanted to be open for the monumental cup final which saw Newcastle United play against Manchester United - the first time NUFC had reached a cup final since 1999.

Nick continued: “It was a huge day for us. The team is doing so well and the investment has had a really positive impact on trade.”

The Lowther have also introduced eight 75 inch HD TV screens, specifically for airing huge sporting events, such as football, boxing, rugby and racing.

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Although live sport will be a huge factor in the new pub, The Lowther will also have various other forms of entertainment in their pub, including quiz nights, student nights and live DJs.

Nick added: “We expect to have our strong regular and local trade and at the weekends there are more tourists coming to enjoy a night out in an area that has got a new lease of life.”

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