A Colchester pub has reopened after a huge £265,000 investment as one of a chain's first 'nest' watering holes. 

The Friar, in St Christopher Road, Colchester, has had the cash spent on it by pub owner, Greene King.

The company's latest venture, Nest Pubs, is a brand new franchise concept and The Friar is just the fourth ever Nest Pub to open.

Nest Pubs places emphasis on being a drinks first establishment, prioritising quality, customer service, and regular sport and entertainment.

The Friar will feature coverage of major live sporting events courtesy of Sky Sports and TNT Sports, while also hosting a regular programme of live music, karaoke and pub quizzes.

The revamp includes new decorations, fixtures and fittings, as well as an upgrade to the external signage and presentation.

Where it comes to food, the pub will cater to patrons with a hearty appetite, serving pizzas with a range of toppings including Margherita, Chicken & BBQ, Salami and Hot & Spicy.

The Friar's operations will be led by Deborah Macklin, who previously worked at the pub when it was operated by an independent tenant.

Now, she returns to the helm of the franchise supported by Greene King.

Ms Macklin said: "I’m over the moon to become the franchisee of The Friar.

"Having had experience of working in this pub already, the opportunity to run it as my own pub with Greene King’s support was too good an opportunity to turn down.

"As a local myself with strong links to the community, I want to make sure The Friar is the hub of social life in the area."

Patrons can look forward to the pub's own cask ale as well as a selection of other beers, including some of Greene King’s latest craft beers and various international beverages including popular lagers.

Speaking about the new development, Hannah Mills, business development manager for Greene King Pub Partners, stated: "Our £265,000 investment has transformed The Friar into a truly special pub.

"Run by franchisee Deborah who has strong links to the pub and local area, I am really excited to see The Friar excel as a hub for the local community for years to come."