A PUB has reopened with a new lease of life after a £315,000 transformation.

The Derwent Arms, in Church Street, Norton, was bought by national pub operator, Punch and Publican, last October for £699,950 after the previous owners John and Sheila Rushworth, who had been at the helm of the pub for 18 years, decided to retire.

It closed at the beginning of January for the refurbishment.

Publican Alan Ball has been running the pub since last August and will continue in partnership with his best friend Sam Moseley.

The pair say they want to continue their connection with the community of Norton and Malton.

“Sam and I have lots of plans to bring the pub back to life, ensuring the Derwent Arms remains the hub of the community,” said Alan.

“The pub looks great; we are really excited to be back open, welcoming customers old and new to come and see their new look local.”

The pub remains home to three darts teams, two pool teams and the football team Malton and Norton FC, as well as offering live sports on TV.

Alongside plans to reintroduce a quiz night, the pub has a range of new lager, craft beers and wines.

Andy Spencer, Punch’s managing director, said: “This is a significant investment by Punch with Alan and Sam, who have already established their position within the Derwent Arms.

“By recognising great people like Alan and Sam and continuing to work with them, we have together developed an even better pub for the area.

“The two have a great connection with the community and feel a real bond with the regular customers and are keen to continue to welcome new customers who visit Malton and Norton.”

As part of the redevelopment the existing front porch was extended with a new patio created.

The kitchen was replaced and extended, along with a single-storey extension to the rear.

“The pub has been refurbished inside and out to create a traditional, warm country feel that is complimented with deep wooden furnishing, booth seating and enhanced facilities,” added Andy.

“Works included the removal of the existing raised seating area to create a more open space for customers to enjoy all this pub has to offer.”