Anfield favourite, The Sandon Pub, in £1m conversion to hotel

Kate Stewart

An Anfield pub which is a favourite with Liverpool FC matchgoers, is set for a £1m expansion and will become a 115-bed hotel in October.

The pub says it will continue in partnership with Liverpool FC to deliver outstanding hospitality and be the popular hangout that is frequented by football fans and locals alike.

But it will also create more jobs in the heart of Anfield and retain tourists in the area, rather than the city centre.

Liverpool’s popularity with stag and hen parties means that football fans can struggle to find adequate hotel accommodation in the city centre for Reds’ home games.

The Sandon is also regarded, among Liverpool fans, as being the birthplace of the club.

At the end of March 1892, Sandon owner John Houlding formed Liverpool Football Club, which went on to play at the adjacent Anfield ground following previous tenant Everton FC’s decision to relocate.

The Sandon’s hotel will be an obvious choice for Liverpool fans and is likely to boost the local economy by retaining visitors in the area that is home to Liverpool FC’s ground.

Owner Kate Stewart said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding The Sandon pub and creating a hotel.

“Anfield should be a tourist destination in its own right and this will allow football fans to stay in the area.

“We’ll be offering our popular and outstanding hospitality service, but with the added benefit of staying right in the heart of Anfield.

“The hotel will be a fantastic addition to the area.”

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