‘Grubby’ Lincolnshire pub gets £250,000 boutique makeover


A ‘spit and sawdust’ pub in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire has been transformed into a boutique hotel bar and restaurant following a £250,000 refurbishment.

The new-look venue, formerly known as the Market Place Turpins bar, will officially launch this Friday with the pub now boosting a sleek new interior as well as eight boutique bedrooms.

The aim was to turn the old pub into a stylish place to eat, drink and sleep with owners Sean Portass and partner Dana Garkayaya renaming the establishment, Palmers Ale House and Kitchen, to fall in line with this vision.

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The newly refurbished rooms blend contemporary design with the oldest parts of the building, bi-fold doors open up onto a cosy courtyard.

Speaking to the Spalding Guardian, Portass said: “We bought Turpins in August last year and we started work immediately – it was terrible, it was just a grubby little spit and sawdust pub and now it’s a boutique hotel, bar and restaurant with eight letting bedrooms.”

Portass has also recently added The Red Lion at Holbeach to his portfolio, which is now next in line for a makeover and will also be transformed into a boutique hotel. He hopes the project will take about six months.

As well as Palmers, he owns The Granary and The Old Ship Inn, both at Long Sutton, The Rising Sun at Gedney Drove End and The Riverside at Sutton Bridge.

Portass said: “We are going to do something very similar to what we did at The Granary – turn it back into an old fashioned, proper pub. We are going to put hotel rooms onto that as well.”

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