The Black Lion Hotel in Richmond, which is popular with walkers and cyclists looking to take in the local scenery, recently unveiled its new look with new management partner and long-term stalwart Michaela Sheehan at the helm.
Sheehan said: "I’m thrilled to be managing the future of such a historic landmark of the town for the local community.
“This pub provides an important home-from-home for so many and a bolthole for those travelling from afar.
“Together with my amazing team, we’re excited to welcome all our guests to experience it – new and old."
The bar and restaurant area at the Black Lion were modernised to enhance the character of the 17th century coaching inn, while each of the site’s 14 guest rooms were refreshed to optimise their natural charm.
Sheehan, who has worked at the venue for some 15 years and built a strong affiliation with the local community, added the investment from Punch allowed for some “great upgrades”, helping keep the pub at the “front of everyone’s minds when looking for an atmospheric and authentic” place to visit.
Heart of the community
As well as the interior refurbishments, the Black Lion’s new menu includes updated takes on traditional favourites such as a handmade steak and ale pie and Sunday roasts.
Punch senior operations manager Jannine Leadbetter said: "We're incredibly proud to have been able to significantly invest in this pub and offer visitors to the town a beautiful place to stay and spend their time.
“The Black Lion is a pub for all and its new menu and revitalised and characterful features make it somewhere really special.
“With Michaela leading the way, I have no doubt that this pub will thrive at the heart of its community, ensuring its success for many years to come."