Fire damaged Vintage Inns pub to reopen

By Nicholas Robinson

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From the ashes: Ye Olde Six Bells in Horley to reopen
From the ashes: Ye Olde Six Bells in Horley to reopen

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Historic Vintage Inns pub the Ye Olde Six Bells in Horley, Surrey, is to reopen on 6 December after being severely damaged and closed by a fire in the spring.

The 700-year-old pub, reputed to be the second oldest in the UK, was ravaged by a fire believed​ to started in the kitchen.

At the time of the fire 50 customers were inside the pub on Church Road and were all safely evacuated.

The pub, which is part of Mitchells & Butlers premium Vintage Inns brand, is set to reopen to locals before Christmas, following an extensive refurb.


An extensive renovation has transformed the site’s exterior and interior, giving it a makeover that plays homage to its traditional roots, according to a statement released by operator M&B ahead of the Ye Olde Six Bells’ reopening.

Along with a new look, the pub will now offer a brunch menu with a selection of dishes ranging from classics such as eggs royale, to buttermilk pancakes with pancetta, and smashed avocado on sourdough toast.

The new menu will be available from nine in the morning until midday Monday to Saturday and from 11.30 on Sundays.

A new dinner menu has also been devised and includes pan fried seabass and slow cooked pork belly among others.

The new Ye Olde Six Bells

The pub’s landlord Wayne Thompson said in a statement ahead of the reopening: “We’re working hard to create a truly unique and enjoyable experience for our guests and are so excited to unveil the new Ye Olde Six Bells to the local area.

“The work that is currently underway is centred around creating an original country pub with a real difference.

“The new Six Bells will provide both our regulars and first-time guests with an exciting location to enjoy high-quality dining in beautiful surroundings.”

He continued: “Both myself and the whole team are incredibly excited to reopen the doors and welcome guests to experience the new Six Bells for themselves. We hope that they’re pleased to have us back and love the transformation.”

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