A RENOVATION project dubbed a ‘labour of love’ has seen in excess of half a million pounds invested into a popular country pub which was previously falling into disrepair.
The Meynell Ingram Arms, Hoar Cross, which is set to re-open to the public on September 27, has seen a huge investment to transform the country venue into an exciting new pub restaurant in the space of just five months.
The Meynell will serve quality food in the beautiful surroundings of the Hoar Cross countryside, with stylish new dining facilities designed to offer a unique experience for guests.
With informal dining as well as fine dining available at the pub restaurant, diners will be able to eat outside all year round with the Meynell’s innovative heated dining ‘pods’ dotted about the garden.
Ben Mckay, operations director at the Meynell said: “We’ve got a mixture of informal and fine dining facilities with the capacity for 180 diners.
“The food will be modern British country food, much of which will be locally sourced.
“The vision of the new owners is for a thriving pub restaurant which is hoping to attract visitors from far and wide for the exciting menu and unique atmosphere.
“We have heated outdoor dining areas so our guests can sit outside all year round.
“We also have outdoor garden pods, which offer a unique dining experience and a modern concept to outside dining, allowing people to appreciate the beautiful surroundings.
“The local owners Warren and Veronica Bailey bought the pub in March, having being drinkers at the Meynell when it was open before.
“They saw potential in the building, which is steeped in history and tradition for locals.
“The building was suffering severe structural damage before, and parts of the building had been seriously neglected so a lot of work has been done in just five months.
“£100,000 has been invested in quality kitchen facilities.”
“The vision is that the pub will be one which the community can be proud of.
“Sixty village residents will dine for free in the week before opening night as well as the team that have worked on site.
“The new owners want to welcome back everyone who used to be regulars at the old Meynell.
“It’s been a labour of love.”
Stuart Langdell, who will be head chef at the Meynell said: “Our menu will feature high quality dishes including wood-fired pizzas in our specialist pizza oven, burgers, and fish and chips, using the best ingredients.
“We wanted to offer a good variety of beers and a fantastic menu providing a memorable meal out which people would come back for.
“The interior of the pub is modernised while retaining original features to keep the history of the place alive, whilst offering a modern dining atmosphere.
“It’s important for pubs to keep with the times.”
Further information about the progress of the project along with a form to book a table online can be found at www.themeynell.co.uk