A TOWN centre pub has completed its £3.4 million refurbishment project and is opening its new hotel next week.

Work started at the John Russell Fox in September last year to revamp its downstairs pub, which re-opened in December, while also working on a hotel and rooftop garden, which is set to open on Tuesday.

The 30-bedroom hotel on the first and second floors hosts rooms and hallways decorated with pupils’ artwork from Roman Way Primary School.

Further artwork, created by Andover-based artist Keith J Pattison and named Aspects of Andover II, is also displayed in the reception of the new hotel.

Pub manager Barry Price said: “Wetherspoon has spent more than £3 million on the pub refurbishment and new hotel, including a spectacular new roof garden.

“The project has created more jobs for local people and provided further investment into the town.

“The new 30-bedroom hotel is a wonderful addition to the outlet and we are confident that it will also be a great addition to the Andover community.”

Two pergolas, small trees and planting makes up the rooftop space with an area for food and drink and a self-service coffee station.

The pub originally opened in 2001, and its refurbishment project initially set £3.2 million aside to build a 29-bedroom hotel and rooftop spot.

The chain previously said the expansion created around 20 new jobs

The renovated pub has increased its floor space by 25 per cent and now features a traditional fireplace and staircase among the redecorations.