Thursday, 16 September 2021

Revamped village pub set to re-open with new restaurant

THE refurbishment of a village pub is expected to be completed in September.

THE refurbishment of a village pub is expected to be completed in September.

Plans to modernise and extend the Bottle and Glass in Binfield Heath were approved last year after it was bought by the Phillimore Estate from Brakspear for more than £400,000.

The Grade II listed pub is being rebuilt and having an extension which will house a restaurant with bifold windows opening on to a large terrace. The restaurant will have up to 80 seats.

The pub will have gardens, terraces and car parks.

The property will also have a two-bedroom apartment to offer private accommodation.

The pub will be let and it is hoped the tenant will sell beer from the Loddon Brewery in Dunsden, which is on the Phillimore Estate. Adrian Beales, from Savills, managing agent for the estate, said: “The estate is looking forward to getting the right tenant on board to take the Bottle and Glass forward and revive the village pub as the heart of the community.

“It will be beautifully and sympathetically restored and extended to a high standard.

“We’re significantly extending the premises in order to provide the additional covers to make it viable.

“Ultimately, the final decisions on the types of food served will be down to the tenant but we will obviously be keen to find out what their business plans are and what they want to do to make sure we’re happy with the general ethos and the offer they are going to make.”

Property specialists Fleurets, who are marketing the pub, say there has been “strong interest” in the lease.

Divisional director Chris Irving said: “Once completed, this property will be a stunning hybrid of tradition and charm with a sleek, modern design. The workmanship is of a high standard and the transformation will be remarkable.”

The application to revamp the pub received the support of Binfield Heath Parish Council and several residents, although there were also some objectors.

In the decision notice, the district council’s head of planning Adrian Duffield said the plans would be in keeping with the rural character and appearance of the site and surrounding area and would preserve the landscape qualities of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

He said the development would preserve the setting of the listed building and would not result “in significant harm to neighbouring amenity or highway safety”.

The Bottle and Glass closed in 2013 after having had a succession of  landlords.

The parish council registered the pub as an asset of community value, meaning the community had six months to bid on the property before it could be sold on the open market.

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