Admiral Taverns reopens Essex pub after £100k refurbishment

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Clear vision: The Welsh Princess will be reopening after a £100,000 investment
Clear vision: The Welsh Princess will be reopening after a £100,000 investment

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Admiral Taverns will be reopening a family run pub in Essex following a £100,000 investment.

The Welsh Princess, in Rayne, has undergone a "royal makeover" following three weeks of extensive refurbishment and will reopen its doors on Saturday evening under licensees Shaun Pickton and Dawn Harris. Local to the area and both regular visitors to the pub in previous years, the couple took over the pub eight months ago with a "clear ambition" to develop The Welsh Princess into a great social hub for the village.

A newly launched drinks range will introduce four cask ales as well as a growing gin collection. The pub’s expanded food offer will include a breakfast/brunch menu as well as a light bites lunch menu.

Entertainment "fit for a princess" will offer everything from live Sky/BT sport to 80s themed disco nights, karaoke, poker nights, WI evenings and even a monthly cheese club.

Clear vision

Commenting, Pickton said: “The Welsh Princess has always been a very special pub for us and having been regulars ourselves we are delighted to have the opportunity to take on and develop this business. 

"Both Dawn and I have a very clear vision for the pub and with the refurbishment now complete we are looking forward to firmly establishing The Welsh Princess as a thriving and buzzing community hub for the locals. With the newly launched food offer, expanded drinks range, lovely beer garden and a broad range of entertainments and events, there really will be something for everyone.”

Jean-Paul Russek, business development manager for East Anglia for Admiral Taverns added: “Shaun and Dawn are fantastic, motivated licensees who have been supporters of the pub for a long time and it is great to see it taken over by true locals. We have been delighted to help them in bringing the pub to life and putting their own individual stamp on what is a great pub business. 

“The transformation is really impressive and on behalf of Admiral, I would like to congratulate Shaun and Dawn and their team and wish them all the best for the opening night.” 

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