Hertfordshire pub operator Fishermann Pub Group is opening its second site with Star Pubs & Bars – The Rose & Crown at Welwyn – following a £550,000 joint refurbishment.
The project has transformed the previously wet-led local into a great quality village pub serving food. 20 new jobs have been created.
Fishermann now has three leased pubs and plans to take on further sites with development opportunities.
The firm is looking for more leased pubs in towns across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.
The revamp of The Rose & Crown has completely upgraded the 17th century Grade II listed pub while retaining original features such as flagstone floors and an inglenook fireplace.
A kitchen extension has been built so that freshly prepared homemade food can be introduced.
The project has also converted a disused derelict barn into a multifunctional event space seating 50 with its own bar, toilets and big screen.
As well as providing over flow trading space for the pub at busy times, it will be hired out for functions ranging from weddings to business conferences.
Other external improvements include the addition of a 40-cover terrace for alfresco eating and drinking and a separate family garden accommodating 80 people.
Pete Mann, co-founder at Fishermann Pub Group, said: “We snapped up The Rose & Crown as soon as we saw it. It’s a beautiful village pub with fantastic potential. It fits our business model perfectly.
“We create traditional pubs that cater for every occasion and generate a continual supply of non-seasonal trade. We aim to tick all the boxes whether people want a morning coffee, a good meal out, a pint and a chat or to host a function.”