Over the past five years The Craufurd Arms has defied the odds and grown into a tasty live music venue.
But regular visitors and suppers to the Wolverton venue will notice a big difference this weekend, which is the venue relaunch.
The tour shirts whichadorned the front bar ceiling have gone, and the shabby has - in part- been replaced by something altogether more chic.
Jason Hall was instrumental in relaunching the venue, and has now taken over as manager.
“We’ve refurbed the whole of the front bar,” Jason told City Nights.
“It’s all classy in black, gold and red. We’ve taken things out, but we’ve left the character in,” he promised.
“It’s still a grungy rock pub, but cleaner and tidier.”
He will concentrate on general bar matters, and occasional big name shows at the haunt, while competent promotions team The Foundation will keep live music thumping on a weekly basis.
The smaller Windsor bar will operate as a bar-turned-retro furniture store, complete with a tasty vintage jukebox supplying drinkers with music from the 30s to the 60s.
This bar will have a revolving display of furniture from the 50s and 60s, and if you like it, you can buy it. Seriously.
The Craufurd will also host more comedy and acoustic nights, and the top floor will be let as hotel rooms.
The way it was planned.
And what better way to toast this new phase than with a big weekend?
Chas Hodges, he of Chas & Dave fame will roll in on Friday evening with his own band to deliver all those classic tracks you expect from the master – Gercha, Rabbit and Ain’t No Pleasing You, anyone?
Chas is a real legend, and a fella who has played with a few others in his time – from Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis to Phil Lynott.
The Ouse Valley Singles club are supporting, and there are plenty of other musical teasers over the weekend:
Bar side on Friday night, Lucid Dream will take attentions, while Saturday presents Anti-Nowehere League in the venue, and Peartree Bridge Family in the bar.
Sunday won’t be much quieter either - The Wurzels and Ed Tudor Pole are booked in.
Weekend tickets are available for a mere twenty quid, which frankly is a steal.
Looking for a bar side tipple? You’ll be spoilt for choice with a beer and cider festival giving you plenty of fizz for your pennies, and there is none more metal than a pint of Iron Maiden’s own Trooper Ale which the venue will be selling.
Cheers to that!