A North Woolwich pub is closing for a major refurbishment after being taken over by a Heineken-owned chain.

The Henley Arms, on Albert Road, will shut from November 12 until mid-December, allowing a 180-seat outdoor eating and drinking area, complete with a covered heated pergola accommodating 36 people, to be built.

A new kitchen will see a food menu introduced, serving up traditional pub classics, such as fish and chips, burgers, and Sunday lunches.

The internal revamp will commemorate the pub’s long association with the Tate & Lyle factory in Silvertown, decorating the walls with memorabilia.

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New licensee Aaron Wilson took over pub in April on behalf of Star Pubs and Bars this year in preparation for the renovation after the pub was closed for 12 months following a fire in 2020.

He said: “Residents were very concerned for the pub’s future and worried the site might be redeveloped.

“They have been crying out for a good local that caters for all, welcomes families and serves food.

“The pub needs investment and TLC, and we’ll be giving it lots of both.

“The plans are amazing; The Henley Arms will be unrecognisable and like a totally different pub.

“I can’t wait to open the doors. Last Christmas was difficult for so many people. I hope having a new look local will help make this Christmas extra special.”

The makeover will also include a dedicated sports zone, complete with big screens showing BT and Sky Sports, along with a new darts throw and pool table.

The Henley Arms is named after William Thomas Henley, a pioneer in the manufacture of telegraph cables who had a factory in North Woolwich.

The original pub is known to have been in existence in the 1860s.

It was rebuilt after World War II, and is one of just three pubs that remain in Silvertown, West Silvertown and North Woolwich, where there previously stood 26.

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