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Historic pub in Stow reopens to the public
AN historic pub in Stow is reverting back to its former name when it reopens tomorrow (Friday).
The Royalist in Digbeth Street, which was bought by Brakspear last July, will open for business as The Porch House after a major £750,000 refurbishment.
Work started in May to convert the Grade II listed building, which is thought to be among England’s oldest inns with parts of it dating back to 947AD.
The pub will offer lunch and dinner and a selection of Brakspear cask ales, bottled beers and wines, an outdoor seating area, 14 en-suite rooms and will create 25 jobs.
It will also be a wedding venue and the function room can be hired out for private parties.
Mat Aket, area manager at Brakspear, said: “It desperately needed some investment and sorting out. It was in a bit of a mess.
“We felt a change of name might help that but at the same time we didn’t want to mess around with history.
It’s quite nice to keep that heritage and history going.”
Managing The Porch House will be James Rogers, who was previously at the Olde Bell in Hurley, Berkshire, while head chef Stephen Small is joining from a restaurant in Guernsey.
Mr Rogers, who moved to Stow with his family ahead of the pub opening, is currently recruiting for the bar, restaurant and bedrooms.
“We’re all delighted with the way the Porch House is looking now,” he said.
For details visit porchhouse.
co.uk or call 01451 870048.
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