A NEWLY refurbished Dobcross pub has completed its luxurious new bar area just in time to be the latest addition to CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.
At The Swan Inn, landlords Michael Powis and Tim Newbold removed the bar wall and renovated the back room to create an extended area where customers can relax by the fire.
And a fifth real ale pump was installed after the extension made enough space to add another beer line to offer even more scrumptious pints.
The landlords said: “We are delighted CAMRA voted to include us in the next edition of the Good Beer Guide, so having a fifth real ale on offer was too good to miss.
“Since we took over the pub a year ago, we are extremely proud of its success. It is fantastic to see the historic pub thriving and safely back at the centre of village life.
“By opening up the under-used back room to make a more welcoming and spacious bar area, our customers are able to relax and move about more freely – especially at busy times.”
The pub closed temporarily while improvements – including decorating the cellar – took place and Michael and Tim thanked their customers for their patience during the closure.
And as they begin their second year in charge, they are delighted their alterations have met with the approval of their visitors.
“We have been able to re-use and recycle many of the materials from the wall. It’s as if the wall had never been there, say so many of the regulars,” they said.
“The charm and character of this very special little pub has been enhanced by the way the work has been carried out sympathetically with respect to the style and age of the building.”
And a treasure hunt stirred a little excitement along the way – until local folklore about treasure in the boarded up trophy cabinet turned out to be untrue.
They were also thankful not to discover the skeleton of a cat – often left as a good-luck ‘charm’ in days gone by – as the foreman feared they would.
The pub’s resident spirit threatened to disrupt the project, with the foreman uneasy after a disturbing paranormal experience at a similar old property, but an age-old trick got things back on track.
Michael said: “Luckily, with a little reassurance about the friendliness of our ghost and a strong cup of tea (with chocolate biscuits) for all the gang, work continued without a hitch.”
Photographs of the progress of the alterations will be available on The Swan Inn’s website: www.theswandobcross.com