£350,000 refurb starts on Chelmsford pub

Ross Saunders and May Davies
06/10/2017 - 09:06
Star Pubs & Bars has revealed its £350,000 refurbishment plan for Chelmsford-based pub, The Two Brewers, which is set to reopen in early December.

Starting this week, the two-month restoration will be overseen by Star Pubs and The Two Brewers’ new licensees, chef and restaurateur Ross Saunders and May Davies, who will use her theatrical background to book comedians and theatre productions, and open up the venue’s function room for local performers.

Including inside and outside renovation and redecoration, works will see the grade II listed building transformed “to its former glory,” by: transforming the function room into a space for theatre and stand up comedy nights; opening up the fireplaces for re-use; restoring traditional features such as flagstone floors, exposed brickwork and beams, and the pub snug; creating a new beer garden, and giving the inside “a more contemporary look.”

The couple are also installing a new kitchen and pizza oven, drawing upon Saunders’ expertise in Italian food to serve a range of Mediterranean dishes, stone based pizzas and pub classics.

Speaking of their first pub, Saunders said: “It’s just what we were looking for. A beautiful old pub with lots of potential in the middle of a lively town centre. We want to use my cooking skills and May’s theatre experience to give The Two Brewers a new lease of life, and Chelmsford a great traditional pub in the heart of the town once again.”

Star Pubs & Bars operations director, Tim Galligan, added: “We feel fortunate that such committed and creative licensees as Ross and May are taking on The Two Brewers as their own, and working with us to revive its fortunes.

“Heineken is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and is investing in pubs like The Two Brewers to help them deliver excellent quality, attract customers and thrive at the heart of their communities for years to come.”

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