Brakspear bought the Frogmill, which is in Shipton Oliffe, near Andoversford, Gloucestershire, in early 2016 and has announced that the premises will open in July after it finishes what it described as the biggest project in its 240-year history.
Largest managed site
Once open, the pub will be the pubco’s largest managed site, with restaurant comprising 100 covers, a bar area, 28 boutique bedrooms and wedding and conference facilities for up to 150 guests.
The refurbished Cotswolds-stone building will retain many of its original features, including fireplaces, flagstone floors, exposed beams and, in the grounds, a wisteria-covered stone pergola and a watermill. Brakspear’s in-house design team plans to blend traditional and contemporary features “to create stunning designs” across its growing managed estate.
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Tom Davies, chief executive at Brakspear, said: “We’re thrilled that the transformation of the Frogmill is under way and look forward to seeing the final result after many months of planning. The start of work on the site has sparked a lot of interest locally and we’re already receiving enquiries for weddings and room bookings, so we’re expecting to be busy from day one.
“The Frogmill’s dedicated wedding and event facilities set it apart from our other managed sites, but we have a great track record of running successful, award-winning pubs with a quality food offer and accommodation.
"Our managed business is now five years old and we have built a strong infrastructure, including estate-wide recruitment, training, menu development and marketing that will enable us to replicate our success at this larger, more complex site.”
The Frogmill will increase Brakspear’s managed estate to 12 sites.