The Royal Foresters in Ascot has been officially re-opened following a £10m investment from independent pub group, Oakman Inns.
The fully-restored restaurant has an open theatre-style kitchen where guests can watch head chef, Lee McMullen, create both traditional British and Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients.
The re-opening of the 140-year old Royal Foresters in Ascot is Oakman Inns’ 23rd pub since it opened its first ten years go.
The re-opening has been eagerly anticipated by the local community who, after three years, were fearful that they would lose the local amenity when the site became tagged for a housing development.
The project was also delayed due to adverse weather conditions earlier this year.
Open all day from breakfast until late, the pub has 24 new luxury guest rooms, and an 80-seat function space adjacent to the restaurant.
Peter Borg-Neal, CEO of Oakman Inns, said: “The delays caused by the extremes in weather throughout the build have been very frustrating for everyone concerned and I would like to thank all our neighbours and friends who have had to put up with the building works over the last few months. I’m very proud of our brilliant 100 strong-team (pictured) lead by Malcolm Coulter who have worked so hard to be ready to welcome our first guests on Friday.
He added: “This has been Oakman Inns’ largest investment to date and it’s been very encouraging to hear so many positive comments from the local community who have waited to get their pub back.”