A HISTORIC Hampshire pub is hosting a drop-in session for people keen to learn about plans to give it a major facelift.

The 18th century Borough Arms in Avenue Road, Lymington, is run by licensees Carl and Debbie Millward, who aim to turn it into a vibrant social hub.

Debbie said: “The pub is full of character and we’re determined to re-establish it as a real asset to Lymington.

“Our refurbishment plans will ensure ‘The Borough’ can stay at the heart of the community, creating a fantastic space for our locals to relax and socialise in as well as enabling us to launch a new food menu.

“We hope to have the support of the community as we work to ensure the long-term viability of this beautiful and historic pub.”

The business is owned by Admiral Taverns, which says the couple are keen to build on its growing popularity.

A spokesman said: “The Millwards and Admiral Taverns are looking to restore the pub to its former glory, investing in a complete refurbishment of its interior and historic exterior.

“The investment will ensure the Borough Arms stays true to its heritage as a traditional community pub.

“The development of a brand new kitchen which will enable it to launch an expanded home-cooked food menu featuring pub classics and drawing on seasonal, locally sourced produce.

“The couple hope the consultation afternoon will give locals the chance to view the new plans, which have been carefully developed to incorporate the feedback to date.”

The four-hour consultation will take place between 4pm and 8pm on Wednesday.