ONE of Bulwell's oldest pubs is being transformed into a ground-breaking multi-use family centre.

The 123-year-old Scots Grey on Main Street has now been renamed The Venue.

The premises, owned by Punch Taverns, is now being used by the New Foundation, a social-action charity, and the building is undergoing a 60,000-plus upgrade.

The first part of the project has already been completed with the opening of a restaurant on the first floor, specialising in Caribbean cuisine.

Plans for a function bar area on the ground floor should be completed within the next few weeks.

The Scots Grey was closed and boarded up for a long period after being branded on Sky TV as one of ‘Britain’s toughest pubs.’

“What is happening now will give the premises a much more positive image,” said Israel Silgram (37), a leading light with New Foundation.

“Our main aim is to focus on the family – whether young or old – with a wide range of activities.

“When the function room is completed, we will be providing entertainment with ‘live’ bands.”

“The premises will also serve as a base to offer employment training for disadvantaged people.

“A car wash and valeting service is now available on the car park.”

The restaurant, which is open from 9 am until 10 pm seven days a week, serves Caribbean and English food and employs seven staff.

News of the old pub’s new lease of life has come in the same week that the Scots Grey Sunday morning football team clinched an unprecedented ‘treble treble’ by winning the league championship, county cup and league cup for the third season running.

n OUR PHOTO shows the new-look centre – DISPIC 07-0856-1.