Joule’s Brewery has closed The New Inn on 5th January 2015 in order to undertake its most ambitious pub scheme to date.
The brewery bought the pub in the autumn and after consultations with locals will be refurbishing the pub. Builders started at 8.00am today stripping out the pub and preparing for an extension which will more than double the size of the 17th century inn.
Trudie Meredith of Joule’s Brewery commented ‘We spoke to the locals on the run up to the holidays that we will be closing straight after the break and they have been very supportive. The new plans have been on the wall since November and we have had positive feedback. Many are concerned that they will lose the old snug and we have reassured everyone that the old snug and real fire will be staying. The scheme allows for a full catering kitchen and extension as well as bringing the toilets inside. The new pub will still be an old fashioned inn at its heart but we will also offer the best in pub classics, simple food that is well done. Like the brewery in Market Drayton we will source locally and cook from fresh.
We know Newport very well, for us it is very much home territory and we have been looking for a flagship pub for some time. Many of our staff live in Newport so we have a good understanding of the town.
Tom Edgley, Joule’s brewer ‘I think we will do well in Newport, we are well known and everyone I have spoken to are excited about a Joule’s Tap coming to the town. Our offer of real pub and simple good but informal food I think will work well, we will offer something different to the other pubs in the town and there is a gap for us, and of course we will showcase our beer!
The work is expected to take 6 months and will cost an estimated £220,000.
Eddie Chapman Smith Build Team Leader ‘We have produced some good looking pubs in the last few years and won some design prizes along the way, this one is the closest to home that we have done for a long while and we want to make it great, we have a few quirky idea’s to make it special and we will be working with Stoke tile specialist HE Smith for the first time which we are looking forward to and will make this project just a little different to the others.
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