A canal-side pub on the outskirts of Rugby has now closed for five weeks whilst it undergoes a major transformation to improve the overall look and feel of the pub.
The Barley Mow, situated on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, is having a £220,000 investment by leaseholder Simon Parkes in partnership with owners Punch Taverns, to refurbish the pub throughout with new décor and facilities.
Licensee Simon, who has been running the pub since July with partner Kelly, is excited about the refurbishment: “There will be major work conducted throughout the pub with interior and exterior decoration in a traditional style whilst exposing the original features such as the log burner and oak and flagstone flooring.
“We will be upgrading each of our nine letting rooms with a new en-suite and a stylish interior to complement the pub’s traditional theme.
“The plans look fantastic; we will be offering the community a family-friendly venue and a range of facilities, such as a refurbished private dining area and games room, to suit all. I look forward to seeing the end result.”
Punch Taverns’ Partnership Development Manager, Peter Scobie, is also looking forward to the new look pub: “It’s great that Punch can invest in their pubs and we essentially want to maximise the Barley Mow’s picturesque location and build on the pub’s leading food reputation.
“Essentially, we would like to position the Barley Mow as one of the leading pubs that can provide great drinks and quality dining for residents in Newbold on Avon as well as tourists and boaters visiting the area.”