Fishermann Pub Group, a Hertfordshire pub operator, is set to open its second site with Star Pubs and Bars – following a £550k joint refurbishment.
The Rose and Crown at Welwyn has been transformed from a previously wet-led local pub, into a venue which also now serves food. In addition, 20 new jobs have been created.
The revamp of The Rose and Crown has also upgraded the 17-Century Grade II listed pub whilst “retaining original features” such as flagstone floors and an inglenook fireplace.
A kitchen extension has been built so that homemade food can be introduced. The pub has a sports bar with two screens, plus a lounge bar with open fires, sofas and tables for dining.
The project has also converted a disused barn into a multifunctional event space, seating 50 with its own bar, toilets and big screen.
Other external improvements include the addition of a 40-cover terrace for alfresco eating and drinking and a separate family garden accommodating 80 people.
Pete Mann, co-founder of Fishermann, said: “We snapped up The Rose and Crown as soon as we saw it. It’s a beautiful village pub with fantastic potential. It fits our business model perfectly. We create traditional pubs that cater for every occasion and generate a continual supply of non-seasonal trade.
“We’re delighted to have another pub with Star. They’re fantastic to work with; it’s a real business partnership. Refurbishing The Rose and Crown was a major project involving in-depth liaison with the local planning department to ensure the character of the pub and barn were preserved.”