21st Century Refurbishment
In March 2017, Ben and Sharon, along with Heineken, the building owners, were able to redesign the ground floor in a sympathetic style, whilst keeping the historical features intact.
The dark and gloomy bar area, which had been a decorative, rather than a historical one, was moved to the previously mentioned 1960s extension. Whilst looking a bit boxy from the outside, the large windows provide a sunny welcoming bar, with room for customers to (wait for it) SIT, and socialise, and enjoy the fantastic views. There’s even a hatch servery so that customers don’t have to come in on a nice summer day.
The old bar area has been restored to the old cottage, and when the fake panelling was removed, a window complete with net curtain, was rediscovered!
The older looking rooms to the right as you go in (where the animals used to be kept!) has been largely untouched, but with fresh carpeting and upholstery. Bar users are welcome to use this area, but it does get very full of diners.
Finally, at the opposite end of the pub, a 2nd fake bar has been removed, and original fireplace restored, returning the cottagey feel to the place. Tables may also be booked in this area for dining.