Multiple operator plans big kitchen install to meet gastro pub ambitions

Southern based multiple operator, S.I. Leisure has taken on a second pub with Star Pubs & Bars, The Fox in Steventon, Oxfordshire, and is undertaking a joint £280,000 refurbishment to transform the pub into a gastro pub with rooms.

This latest venture brings the number of pubs within the S.I. Leisure estate to five, including its first Star site, The Bear Hotel in Chippenham, a pub with rooms, and two pubs on the south coast.

Funds are being spent on a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of The Fox including the installation of a new modern bar, a new commercial kitchen and disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

The pub’s six letting rooms are also being transformed into premium accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, flat screen TVs, wi-fi and tea and coffee making facilities.

The Fox will offer home cooked dishes including fish fresh from the market, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, sharing platters and daily specials using locally sourced ingredients.

Fresh fish and Fox Gourmet Burgers, made to the chef’s own recipe using herbs and spices and 100% locally sourced beef butchered mince, served with brioche buns and triple cooked chips will be a speciality.

Ian Ellis, director of S.I. Leisure, said: “The Fox will be the only gastro food pub in the immediate area to have dishes made from fresh locally-sourced ingredients and to offer premium quality rooms. There is a real demand in the area for this calibre of offer, both from businesses and the families and young professionals living nearby.

“Our intention is to double the size of our operation by the end of next year. The new sites, some of which we’ve already identified, will all have a premium food offer, sizeable gardens and most will have accommodation.”

MAIN IMAGE: Business partners Sefa Memetovic and Ian Ellis of SI Leisure Group, outside The Fox in Steventon.

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