A SOUTHAMPTON watering hole will be converted into a new O'Neill's pub.

The Spitfire on Above Bar Street will be completely refurbished later in the year.

Described as a "traditional local pub", work will include new seating, screens and male toilets.

A spokesperson for Mitchells and Butlers who own the pub said: “From time to time we review our estate and take the decision to convert a business to another of our successful brands. We’re planning to convert the Spitfire to a brand new O’Neill’s pub later on this year.

“We believe this is a great opportunity for the O’Neill’s brand and we’re confident it will go down well with the people of Southampton.”

According to the pub operator, more information about the work will be released nearer to the time of the reopening.