New pub with industrial name to open in Rugby

Work is nearly finished on the Steam Turbine
Work is nearly finished on the Steam Turbine

A new pub will open in Rugby next week – with a distinctive name reflecting the town’s engineering heritage.

The Steam Turbine will be situated in Leicester Road, next to the Junction 1 Retail Park. It is part of Greene King’s ‘Hungry Horse’ range of family-friendly pubs, and will open on Monday May 12.

Byron Thomas of Greene King said: “We are nearing completion of this new addition of the Hungry Horse family and are looking forward to our grand official opening.

“There is a bit of history behind the name of the pub. The Willans & Robinson works opened in Rugby in 1893 and made steam engines. And in 1899 the British Thomson-Houston works opened which made electrical equipment and later turbines. Engineering would dominate the town’s economy for most of the following century. Thus the name Steam Turbine”.

Hundreds of applicants were interviewed for jobs, with over 80 roles being created. General manager Jez Fisher was “amazed” by the response and had to organise additional recruitment days so everyone could be accommodated. Jez, who has over 15 years’ trade experience, said: “We had an incredible response with 90 per cent of the staff recruited are from Rugby. I am extremely pleased to be to announce that. This will help in creating that local community pub feel.”

The pub will be officially opened by Rugby mayor Cllr Tony Gillias.