A PUB has reopened with a new name following a major refurbishment.

The Hovingham Inn, formerly known as the Malt Shovel, in Hovingham, has undergone a seven-month refurbishment and was reopened by Sir William and Lady Marie-Noelle Worsley of Hovingham Estates.

Owners Richard and Lindsey Johns said the £500,000 makeover - in partnership with local property developers Martyn and Mary Greenwood - was a strenuous task that includes a new kitchen, bar, toilets and several dining areas.

They said: “It has been incredibly hard throughout the refurbishment programme, introducing and unearthing many long lost features back into the property.

“But we are extremely proud of refurbishment and the finished result here at the Hovingham Inn.

“The Hovingham is the opportunity we have been waiting for, for such a long time, having long believed our style and personalities are very well suited to a pub environment.

“We are very excited about the future here and hope to offer something that is a little bit different to our customers.

“The new bar area is completely dog-friendly, a very comfortable spot to enjoy an informal drink or two from a selection of cask and keg beers, along with a superb wine list, devised by Lindsey.

All customers old and new will be assured of a very warm welcome. We hope you enjoy your new pub.”