‘Poshest’ Wetherspoons gets £700k refurb of ornate ceiling in former opera house

Britain’s poshest Wetherspoons has had a £700,000 restoration of the ornate domed ceiling at a fancy former opera house.

The pub, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, originally had a capacity of 1,100 and was built in 1902 before being turned into a cinema in 1931.

During World War Two, a Luftwaffe pilot dropped an incendiary bomb to save fuel on his way back to Germany.

While the bomb did not explode the stage was set on fire as it was aught in the proscenium arch.

J D Wetherspoon later bought the historic site in 1996, after it had been renovated and turned it into Britain's poshest 'Spoons.'

Ross Markwick, pub manager at the Opera House, said: “Our pub is housed in a local historic landmark enjoyed by so many people.

"As the current custodians, Wetherspoon is responsible to ensure its preservation for now and the future."

Craig Beardmore, the pub's property manager said: “With all historical buildings, essential improvements are required to ensure that they never reach that critical stage.”

However, the ceiling isn't all local punters are flocking to the venue for as Wetherspoons drinks are currently being sold for discounted prices as venues across the UK.

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The popular pub chain which is known for its cheap drinks is even cheaper throughout November as a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will have their prices slashed.

According to the Sun, all of 'Spoons' will be lowering prices, but the discounts you can get vary from branch to branch.

But the majority will be selling pale ale, Beck's bottles and whiskey measures for just 99p.

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Local Andrew Cameron, 53, said: “It’s £2 a pint but the setting is so fancy you’d expect to be paying over the odds.”

“A lot of Wetherspoon buildings are historic but this one is really special.

"You get people complaining that the building is used as a pub but what would it be if it wasn’t?

"It would probably be unused and falling down. They’re just snobs.”

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