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Refurbed Bilston pub reopens with new name

A Bilston pub has reopened with a new name and a new direction to be at the heart of the local community.

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The White Rabbit pub, Bilston, reopens with a change of name, the Bankfield Inn. Pictured left, general manager Craig Shein, Councillor Phil Page, Simon Archer, Georgina Shein and Councillor Olivia Birch

The Bankfield Inn was previously The White Rabbit.

The pub on Bankfield Road was built four years ago by Wolverhampton-based pubs group Marston's and originally opened in October 2017.

General manager Craig Shein, who has been at the pub since January 2020, said it was very nice to be back open again after so long with a new concept.

The White Rabbit had been closed since November last year.

"The change of name was put out at that time and no one was upset by the change. The Bankfield Inn reflects the area and being part of a community. We hope that people will come in and see what we have to offer," said Mr Shein.

He said Marston's had made a substantial investment in the refurbishment.

"It has a great new look and feel. We are going to be a real community pub with more activities," added Mr Shein, who heads a team of 16 full and part-time staff.

The refurbishment has added new features including a revamped bar area, new lounge and restyled garden area.

"We now have seven internal and one 85in Tv outside and we'll be showing the Euros matches," said Mr Shein.

A quiz night is being held on Thursday from 9pm, a social distanced "tap your feet in your seat" opening party disco on Friday and on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm movie characters Hulk, Spiderman and Snow White will be visiting to entertain youngsters.

Until Sunday 10p from each pint of Banks's beer sold at the pub will be going to the BWO Outreach project which provides a food bank for the Bilston and Wednesfield area.

The Bankfield Inn is open 11am to 11pm Monday to Thursday, 11am to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sundays. Food from its new menu is available from noon to 9pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 8pm on Sundays.

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