The Courthouse pub in Rugby to re-open after makeover

A computer-generated image of how the pub may look
A computer-generated image of how the pub may look

A town centre pub will get a £240,000 makeover and it needs a new licensee to take the reins.

The Courthouse in North Street has been closed for two years.

Building work is due to begin on March 16.

Chris Jowsey of owners Star Pubs and Bars, Heineken’s pub business, said: “With the 2015 Rugby World Cup focusing attention on the home of rugby and Rugby Borough Council’s own investment plans, we felt it was an ideal time for the refurbishment and relaunch.

“Detailed plans for The Courthouse have already been drawn up though if someone was to take on the lease soon they’d be able to provide input into the design scheme.”

Funds are being spent on a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the mock Tudor pub to improve its character and include the installation of an open theatre style kitchen, new floors and back bar and upgrading of the conservatory and lavatories.

Outside the pub will be totally redecorated with new lighting and signage and the beer gardens and patio at the rear and side of the premises, which can accommodate around 100 people, will be landscaped.

The accommodation above the pub is also being upgraded as part of the investment.

Once open, the pub will offer lunchtime and early evening food, including a full lunchtime menu, as well as sandwiches and wraps.

Mr Jowsey added: “We are delighted to be investing in the pub and improving its appearance for the benefit of the whole community.

“Once the building and its facilities have been overhauled, all The Courthouse needs to be successful is a passionate and professional licensee to lease it.

“This time of year is when people look at their career options and we’ve already had interest in The Courthouse.

“Running a successful pub requires a whole range of skills and whilst it doesn’t necessitate pub management experience, working in one and knowing what it’s like first hand is a good idea.”

Anyone interested can contact Star Pubs & Bars on freephone 0500 949596.