A village pub is being given a new lease of life thanks to a significant financial investment.
The George at Bilton has received a £300,000 cash injection from national pub operator Punch to transform the building’s appearance and create new jobs.
It is currently undergoing a major refurbishment process with a new entrance opening off a new patio area to the rear and a feature fireplace to create a new bar area.
Some of the existing furniture will remain to retain the building’s charm and the owners hope The George will once again become a destination venue in the village. They will offer quality food with an emphasis on local, fresh produce complemented by a wide range of quality wines, spirits, cask and craft ales.
The pub closed for the refurbishments on April 15 and is set to reopen on June 23.
Landlord James Coulson said: “I’m very excited about the relaunch of The George at Bilton and the refurbishment is already getting people talking in the village.
“I’m confident that the local community will be delighted with the results, especially those looking for a more premium food and drink offer.
“Once we are up and running, we’ll be doing our best to integrate with the community and want to develop links with local charities and schools etc.
“We will be encouraging people to join us for a morning coffee, a relaxed pint or family meal. We would also like to host charity events and other activities to bring the community together.
“I’m looking forward to the future and placing The George firmly on the Bilton village map.”
Stuart Burley, new business development manager for Punch, added: “We’re delighted that James is taking over the helm. He’s a naturally hospitable person who has plenty of experience in the industry.
“Together, we believe that we have the right ingredients to position The George as a destination venue for good quality food and drink, all backed up with excellent customer service in an attractive setting. I’m looking forward to continually supporting James and his team as they develop the business further.”