Seven new jobs after former Varsity reopens as The Library

PubCo bosses will be hoping their latest North East pub is anything but quiet after reopening Durham’s former Varsity bar as The Library.

The Stonegate Pub Company have created seven new jobs following a £260,000 refurbishment of the Saddler Street boozer.

And managers are hoping a combination of North East Beer from County Durham’s Sonnet 43, “super-fast” broadband, a complimentary Wi-Fi printer, and a coffee shop style “grab and go” tea, coffee and snacks counter will entice in students and tourists alike.

“The whole environment of the pub has changed and I think it makes the venue a must for students in the city as well as make us more inviting to tourists,” said general manager Andrew Nicholson, who’s pub is on the route up to Durham Castle.

The pub was one of 78 pubs, also including the Blagdon Arms in Cramlington and the Grey Horse in East Bolden, that were bought by Stonegate – which owns the Classic Inns, Local Pubs, Great Traditional Pubs, Slug and Lettuce, Scream, Yates, Bars & Venues, Missoula and Living Room chains – after the collapse of the Bramwell Pub Company last autumn.