Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Stars Help launch Refurbishment Of The Merlin

Derby County Ladies Club Partner, The Merlin Pub on Pride Park has re-opened this week on the back of a £1 Million refurbishment with the help of two First Team stars from the club.

Ewe Rams Record goalscorer Cara Newton was joined at the Merlin by goalkeeper Leah Kellogg and they were on hand to help promote the stunning newly refurbished restaurant as the England Women’s team were playing in their World Cup Semi-Final.

Merlin Manager Joanne Trigwell told DCLFC Media that she is hoping that the refurbishment will be warmly received by fans of the club and said “The new look for the restaurant is fantastic, it’s given the place a new lease of life and It has a freshness about it.

“I can’t wait to see the pub full on match days and see the response we get from our customers. We’ve had so many positive comments in the first few days of opening and there is a buzz all around from staff to those enjoying the new surroundings having a drink and a meal.

“Opening on a women’s World Cup Semi-Final night with the Lionesses playing saw the Merlin get really busy and having two of our own Women’s Football stars in Cara and Leah from our club partners at Derby County Ladies was brilliant for us all.”

First Team Record Goalscorer Cara Newton spoke to DCLFC Media about the refurbishment and said “When we arrived we couldn’t believe the transformation of the place. It was stunning and I could hear the comments from everyone about the good job that had been done.

“We love coming in here as much as possible and it is such a welcoming place and great for us as a club to have a place that is intrinsically linked to us. Seeing our kits up on the wall and staff wearing them on Derby County match days is a big boost for us as a club.

“Our match at Pride Park last year was a wonderful highlight and coming in here afterwards amongst all our fans was an experience that we want again and we are looking forward to coming back here for the new season after another game at Pride Park hopefully.”

The Merlin is holding events across the week to celebrate the launch of the newly-refurbished restaurant a SoulJazz band on this evening, whilst Friday will see a Karaoke and Disco. The weekend see’s an Ed Sheeran tribute on the Saturday night before finishing off with kids entertainment on Sunday, followed by a quiz.

Check out what’s on at The Merlin in their week long re-launch!