Welsh inn reopens after 230k revamp

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Welsh wonder: the Victoria Inn has reopened after a joint £230k investment from Robinsons Brewery and licensees Gemma Barry and Gareth Jones.
Welsh wonder: the Victoria Inn has reopened after a joint £230k investment from Robinsons Brewery and licensees Gemma Barry and Gareth Jones.

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A family-run pub in the Snowdonia National Park has reopened following a £230k refurbishment.

The Victoria Inn, Llandebr, opened its doors to punters after a six week revamp, following a joint investment from Robinsons Brewery​ and licensees Gemma Barry and Gareth Jones.

Historic features at the Welsh inn were restored, including its original oak beams, slate floors and original open inglenook fireplace.

Changes made to the pub include a new dispense bar, set at the centre of the site, and a layout switch that has increased the number of covers.

Brought back to life

Gemma Barry, licensee at the inn, was overwhelmed with the end result.

She said: “My family have been at the Victoria for over 30 years, so this pub is very dear to our hearts.

“It needed a fresh new look to bring it back to life, and to reignite the traditional Welsh feel throughout. The Victoria’s new look is stunning, and the atmosphere is calm and welcoming."

The reaction to the refurbishment has been a positive one so far, she added.

“Trade has been fantastic since the renovation, with customers taking full advantage of our delicious home cooked food in cosier, relaxed dining spaces. Our existing customers are over the moon with it and we can’t wait to welcome new customers too!”

Calm space

A spokesperson for Robinsons' design team said the revamp had made the pub more comfortable for customers, many of whom are tourists from across the world.

They said: “The Victoria Inn has embraced its heritage and is a perfect representation of a wonderful Welsh pub that will offer a calm atmosphere throughout.

“The furniture was dated and tired, the pub was dark in areas and required a better solution for creating a more comfortable mood and ambience.

“The main bar was limited on the retail drinks offer available, due to the restrictions of structure and limited space.

“However, the new look bar now has scale and, with its relocation, retails an extensive new drinks range, including Robinsons new lager bier Helles.”

The site has been run by the Stockport-based brewery since 1964.

The brewery has refurbished more than a dozen of its managed pubs in the past four years, including the George III pub in Penmaenpool​, Wales, which received a £1.2m investment.

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