New lease of life for town’s little piece of Ireland

144530c'The Merchant on Eastborough'Chris Mayes pours a pint of the black stuff'Picture by Neil Silk'07/11/14
144530c'The Merchant on Eastborough'Chris Mayes pours a pint of the black stuff'Picture by Neil Silk'07/11/14
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Scarborough’s Irish bar is back open for business following a £120,000 refurbishment to coincide with its 10th anniversary.

The Merchant in Eastborough closed its doors for two months at the beginning of September to undergo extensive renovation, reopening in time to celebrate 10 years trading.

Jo Gilmore, who owns the pub alongside her husband Lorcan O’Murchu, said: “The work we’ve done has given The Merchant a new lease of life.

“We were mindful not to do anything that would change the feel of the place, we just wanted to create a better version of the existing product.

“It was important to us to try and retain the character of what we see as an authentic pub. We’re delighted with the end result.”

The 10th anniversary celebrations lasted three full days and featured a variety of musical performances, including a trad session with Scarborough Folk Club.

“The anniversary went brilliantly, we were busy all weekend and it was great to see so many old faces back in the pub,” Ms Gilmore added.

“The punters were enjoying themselves and we’re proud to have created a venue that people seem to love coming to.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who came to the reopening as well as everyone who has supported us over the last 10 years.”

Extensive renovation in recent weeks has seen the pub’s bar refitted, the cellar and customer toilets modified, part of a supporting wall removed and new flooring, furniture and decor. 
The Merchant now boasts what its owners believe to be one of the largest and most comprehensive stocks of whiskey and poitin (a potent traditional Irish distilled beverage) in the country.

It is the first pub in the town to offer BrewDog craft ales on draught and now serves teas, coffees and cakes.