The Castle is Ready...

Joules new Wem Tap house to re -open this week.

Joules brewery is to re-open Wem's oldest pub this week, the grade II listed pub has undergone a major refurbishment.  Joules has been working with Shropshire council, heritage groups and architects has redesigned the castle and restored the pub, the oldest inn in Wem and one of the few buildings to escape the great fire of 1677.


James Joule 'we are delighted to have had the chance to buy the Castle Hotel  from Punch Taverns, for too long people of Wem had said this used to be the best pub in the area, it was in great need of investment.  The brewery has gone one step further with a complete restoration of the building.  Working with Shropshire Council the building has been authentically restored inside and out.  Joule comments 'everyone working on this scheme has been fully committed the pub deserves our best efforts, we are also grateful to shropshire council who contributed a small grant for the external works designed to preserve the grade II listed exterior'. 


Richard and Dee Lear have always lived in Wem and also ran the pub before the work, 'the transformation is astonishing, it's what Wem really needs, a great pub, the local brewery and of course joules ales brewed with shropshire mineral water.  I am sure this will be an important change in the town that will give us all a real lift.  Everyone has pulled together to make this happen our own team, shropshire council, we have even had our chef painting the walls and our customers helping to get us ready this week.  It's been a great effort and we can't wait to get the doors open.'


Joules the shropshire based brewery famous for brewing with Market Drayton pure mineral water has a series of tap houses in the county, the Bricklayers in Copthorne, the Red Lion at Bomere Heath, The Vaults in Whitchruch, The Fox and Hounds in Cheswardine as well of course as the brewery in Market Drayton.


For more information contact James Joules on 01630 654400

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