The Barley Mow pub in Newbold has reopened after a £300,000 refurbishment.
The pub officially reponed on February 7 and there was a grand reopening event on Friday following the joint investment of £300,000 by leaseholder Simon Parkes in partnership with Punch Taverns.
Situated on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the pub was closed for four weeks whilst a refurbishment was carried out.
Inside, the pub has been completely redecorated in a traditional style, creating a snug and games room. The nine letting rooms have also been updated to en-suite and stylish interior décor.
The exterior has also been upgraded in a similar style to complement the canal-side setting. Picnic benches will be added alongside the canal and towpath for those wanting to take in the views from spring-time.
The pub now boasts a new food menu with home-made pub classics which are available for takeaway. Similarly, the drinks range has been expanded and will now feature four cask ales, including two guest ales.
Simon Parkes, who has been running the pub since July with partner Kelly Bailey, said: “This is our first pub and we could see the potential in the Barely Mow, considering its picturesque location, letting rooms and restaurant.
“The pub looks fantastic and I can’t believe the transformation. By reinstating the traditional features, like the log-burner, oak and flagstone flooring, it has brought the pub back to its former glory and given it a cosy, homely touch. The bar area has been made open-plan, creating a more sociable and family-friendly environment.
“The investment has given the pub the new lease of life it needed and along with our function room we now have the additional facilities to cater for local residents and corporate events as well as tourists and boaters, which will strengthen what the pub can now offer to the community,” Kelly added.
Jo Hyde, new business development manager, at Punch Taverns said: “It’s great that Punch can invest in our pubs and we essentially want to build upon the Barley’s Mow’s stunning location and reputation for quality food, drink and customer service.”