A pub that is hoping to put the heart and soul back into the premises has been shortlisted as a finalist in a national music makeover competition.
The Burnaby Arms in Stanley Street, Bedford, has been chosen, along with just four others in the UK, to be in with a chance of winning £5,000 to install music facilities into the pub.
The competition Music Makeover aims to put music back into the heart of pubs across the country.
Licensee Lucie Fuller, who runs the pub with her husband Stephen, said: “We only took over the pub in June and we spent a lot of time doing it up. There are still a lot of things we want to do with it, we want to make it into a proper local again.
“I think music is a great way to breathe life into a pub. We have had two live music nights and they went down really well, but we just don’t have the facilties to hold regular music nights.
“I saw the competition and I thought why not apply, so I wrote a little bit of blurb about the pub and then last week they called to say we had made the shortlist and someone came down to interview us.”
The Burnaby Arms is the only pub in the county to make it into the final, and a panel of judges is set to announce the winner on December 31.
Lucie added: “I was really shocked to find out we had made the final. We are such a small pub, so to be chosen out and hundreds of thousands of other pubs is fantastic.”
The Charles Wells pub opens at 5pm on weekdays and noon at weekends. It is a traditional watering hole. Lucie is hoping to put on regular events, including a pie and curry night.
She added: “It is a bit hidden away, so I want to encourage people to give us a try.”