A FAREHAM pub and restaurant restaurant is reopening its doors after undergoing a £170k transformation.

The Navigator, located on Bridge Road in Lower Swanwick, will welcome customers in this Friday after a refurbishment to its dining area which took five weeks to complete.

Amongst its renovations include the transformation of a garden room into an extension of the dining room, complete with new decor which nods to the restaurant’s location next to the Swanwick Marina, and a stone-baked pizza oven.

The restaurant has aimed to focus on "family-friendly dining" through its appearance changes.

While its dining area has had an expanded, new makeover, its pizza oven will involve cooking gluten free pizza bases and vegan cheese.

A new menu will be also be placed on its tables following the opening.

Nick Hall, manager at The Navigator, said: “We are so excited to relaunch the restaurant at the Navigator. My team has worked so hard to put together a fabulous new offering. The restaurant looks incredible and we can’t wait for our customers to sample our new menu, especially our pizzas.

“We hope even more people will get to enjoy our new offering, delivered by my stellar team. Investment from the Upham Group has allowed us to grow and improve our dining experience and keep The Navigator fresh and relevant for years to come.”

The official reopening will start at 6pm this Friday, when the public can check out The Navigator’s new look and enjoy complimentary pizza, cocktails and live music.

The Navigator is part of the Upham Pub group, a family of 15 pubs across the south of England, each of which claims to have their "own unique style and character".