A KIDLINGTON pub has been given a new lease of life thanks to a £250,000 investment.

The Red Lion in Oxford Road re-opened for business this week having been shut for a month due to a major refurbishment.

The result is that it has been transformed from a predominantly “wet” pub serving mainly drinks to an operation offering a wide variety of food and drink with pizza a speciality.

The transformation has been overseen by general managers Lisa and Christopher Hoad who have been running the pub owned by The Orchid Group, which also owns the Dew Drop Inn in Summertown.

Mr Hoad said: “The people are so friendly here and we are hoping to attract more from Oxford.”