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Revamped pub is on a roll’

PUBLISHED: 10:36 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:04 25 August 2010

A PUB was giving away free beer to entice customers back after a £60,000 revamp.

A PUB was giving away free beer to entice customers back after a £60,000 revamp.

Punters armed with free beer and wine vouchers flocked to the reopening of the Portrait pub in Elm Parade, Sidcup, after it was closed for a week.

The Barracuda Group re-opened the pub last Friday after a new paint job, light fittings, three plasma screens and the fire place was moved.

This comes after nearby pub Hogs Head in Sidcup High Street was taken over and given a £500,000 make-over by JD Wetherspoon, before reopening on April 25 as the Tailor's Chalk.

Manager of the Portrait Mark Chalkley, 45, said he has noticed the trade in his pub has dropped since the Tailor's Chalk opened.

He said: "We noticed a lunchtime change of pattern. We were the only pub serving food for while before they reopened.

"We are not interested in serving cheap drinks. We are trying to give a good price on drinks and give the same good food.

"Friday was really good. We had a good Saturday and a storming Sunday.

"We are on a roll.

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