Work started on the Crown and Treaty restoration back in 2018. As a grade II* listed building planning took a while to complete to ensure that everything was sympathetic to the existing building, with the local conservation officer on hand to provide support throughout.
So what are we doing? In addition to replacing all the electrics throughout, general repairs and decoration, downstairs the main bar is being refurbished, a restaurant area is being created next to it with a gorgeous glass box extension to the rear – our new Cromwell Room perfect for private dining, there is air conditioning throughout and we have gutted the existing kitchen and installed a brand new one! We have also demolished the existing toilet block and are replacing it with something in tune with the existing building but a bit larger, with modern facilities and a disabled loo and baby changing area too. We are also upgrading the small but perfectly formed cellar with new beer lines and coolers being installed to service both of our bars.
Upstairs very little is changing, the original wood panels have been cleaned and repaired were necessary, the ceilings have been redecorated and there is a brand new loo. We have also added AV facilities to the rooms and wifi throughout.
In the rear garden we are adding a brand new all-weather structure with its own bar, heated for the winter and with a retractable roof for the summer. Normally open as part of our restaurant this will be available for private hire for groups of up to 70 guests … it even has its own little Italian style terrace adjoining! This will be opening in late November.
Lastly what was the road at the front is now part of the pubs property and will provide space for more outside seating … with its own set of traffic lights too!
There have been a few hurdles along the way, cracked oak beams, lime rendering taking place during August with its very unpredictable weather making the time to set significantly longer than anticipated, Japanese knot weed poked its head up in the back garden right where we wanted to build the loo - that had to be dug out with a 3m wide by 3m deep hole … only to reappear a few weeks later! The chimneys were found to be collapsing so had to be taken down and will be rebuilt in spring once the weather is a bit more suited to lime mortar setting … and once we can get the bricks handmade to match the rest of the building.
We will start taking ownership of parts of the building mid October with a full handover ready for our opening on the 25th. We very much look forward to welcoming you.