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Update & Renovation Time!

The time has come for us to throw on a lick of paint and smash through a few walls.

Before the summer season begins in earnest we thought it would be a good idea to make a few alterations to the pub, so that we can best deal with the increased demands of what we’re expecting to be our busiest season yet.

When the pub was first purchased 2 years ago, Neil and Matt barely had enough cash left over to buy any booze in. Since then they’ve tried their very best to invest back into the 8 Bells, but that’s often taken the form of creating new events or training staff, rather than making any real changes to the building itself.

Whilst we’re well aware that our regular clientele visit us for the beer and food rather than the decor, but there comes a point in every pub’s life when it can no longer be described as ‘shabby chic’. Although we’ve tried our very best to dress the place up over the past two years, the truth is that we’ve been putting this off for a while.

To minimise disruption to service as much as possible we’ve ordered work to be completed over the course of the next Monday to Thursday, so we should be back up and running by the weekend.

Here’s a run down of what’s changing so you can compliment us on how well we’ve done the next time you’re in:

Kitchen Upgrades

Participants in our kitchen maintenance or cookery courses will notice the fancy black non-slip flooring tiles as well as the handy serving hatch, allowing our chefs to serve food straight to the pub garden and saving our waiters’ legs.

A new dedicated charcoal grill will also save us the trouble of setting up a BBQ outside, so we can invite more people in to the pub garden and make it safe for your pets and children – this has also meant that we need to install a brand new kitchen extractor fan.


We understand that there’s a long-running heritage associated with upholstering pubs like ours in traditional leather, but we are anything but
traditional and do you know how expensive leather is?!

Anyway considering the tatty state of a lot of the seating we’ve decided to opt for a washable plain-brushed flat weave that should provide a cosy comfortable seat during winter, whilst avoiding the stickiness that leather so often gives.

Pub Garden Improvements

Speaking of our pub garden, we’re proud to announce that we’ve made some big changes to our outside area that should make drinking and dining there much more enjoyable. We’ll be burning our nasty old furniture and replacing them with rows of smart rugged picnic benches that will provide this area with more seating and a community-friendly vibe, perfect for making some new friends and sharing some of our tasty new food!

We’ve spent a long time working up the courage (and saving the cash) to do these renovations and we really hope you enjoy them once they’re done.

Please bear with us whilst we close our doors for the next few days – we’ll be back up and running very soon!