Building work has begun on a £470,000 refurbishment of Thorpe Salvin’s only pub, under new management after closing six months ago.
Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars and new licensee Gary Hunt have drawn up plans to transform the Parish Oven, on Worksop Road.
They are aiming for a mid-September opening with a new food and drink range plus the creation of 35 jobs.
Gary said: “Thorpe Salvin is a such beautiful village, it has been a real shame to have a closed pub at its centre.
“I’ve had my eye on the Parish Oven for some time and am delighted to be taking it over. I want to make it an asset to the community and a pub they can feel proud of again.”
Exterior work will focus on making the 1970s pub an attractive feature of the village and will include cladding and redecorating, enlarging windows and adding new signage, lighting and planting.
The currently overgrown garden will be re-landscaped with an alfresco eating and drinking area – with seating for 100, heating and lights.
The pub’s interior will receive a complete refurbishment in a classic but modern style.
Gary has been researching Thorpe Salvin’s history back to the 1700s and plans to have pictures from the past on display. He said: “It will be unrecognisable.”
The designs also include a dedicated bar area, two dining areas and an enlarged open-plan kitchen turning out a freshly prepared menu of pub classics and gourmet dishes plus barista-quality coffee throughout the day.
Gary is also investing in the cellar, installing state-of-the-art dispense equipment to ensure cask ales are served in the best possible condition alongside wines and cocktails.