Admiral ploughs £180k into pub renovation

By Gary Lloyd

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Taking flight: the Plume of Feathers has retained original characteristics but has been given plenty of new additions
Taking flight: the Plume of Feathers has retained original characteristics but has been given plenty of new additions

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Admiral Taverns has invested £180,000 into the reopening of a Hertfordshire pub and installed Sarah Woollcott as its new licensee.

The Plume of Feathers in Little Wymondley, Hitchin, which reopened on Saturday 10 June, has undergone a transformation inside and out.

Externally, the pub now has new lighting and signage, as well as newly planted greenery. The pub’s beer garden – complete with a natural stream running through – has also been overhauled and seats up to 60 people.

While at the side of the pub, there is a covered deck area with heaters to ensure visitors can enjoy the space all year round.

Wealth of experience

Inside, Woollcott has blended the pub’s original characteristics with updated features. New recycled furniture and soft furnishings have been fitted throughout, including an eclectic mix of vintage wooden furniture.

The original stone floor and fireplace have been added to with rugs and armchairs.

Woollcott, who has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry having previously run pubs in London and Reading, said: “I’ve never been happier in my life than when I was running pubs – I love everything about it but particularly the social aspect and meeting new people.”

Return to the countryside

She continued: “Having spent so much time in the city I am delighted to return to the countryside and I’m excited to bring the Plume of Feathers to the heart of the community. I can’t wait to unveil its new look to residents, and I hope to make it the go-to social hub for everyone.” 

The pub also has a separate dining room and a small ‘snug’ room complete with traditional wooden beams and new sofas and armchairs, which can be reserved for private occasions.

Sunday roasts now form part of a new food menu that also features a selection of handmade dishes such as cottage pie, homemade burgers and even caviar rigatoni. There will also be a wide array of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes on offer.

Admiral Taverns business development manager Mick Sheridan said: “I am delighted to welcome Sarah to the Plume of Feathers. Her passion and vision is extraordinary and I have total confidence the pub will become an integral part of the community. I look forward to seeing what the future holds and I wish her the very best of luck.”

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