The investment includes a new 40-seater restaurant extension which will aim to reduce overflow dining in the bar.
Other internal improvements include a kitchen refit, new ladies’ toilets and the addition of a disabled access WC. The large garden – which seats 150 will benefit from new furniture plus extra equipment for its two play areas.
Webb Enterprises has four leased food-led pubs in Devon and took over The Saddlers in 2015 and has since established it as a “quality carvery”.
Keith Webb, founder of Webb Enterprises, said: “Demand outstrips supply at The Saddlers most weekends and all week, and during the tourist season we regularly have to turn customers away.
“Last summer was the busiest ever at all our pubs. Local holiday cottage owners are reporting record bookings in Devon this year. With the staycation market so strong, summer 2021 should be a bumper one if restrictions completely lift in June. A good summer is key to bouncing back and the refurbishment will help with this.”
“The development of a new dining area and the transformation of the bar will build on the pub’s success, allowing it to maximise its potential and cater for all occasions. We’ll be working flat out so that the pub can open as soon as possible.”