The historical Bull Inn at Halstead in East Anglia has reopened, after a six-figure refurbishment to transform the hotel’s bar, restaurant and bedrooms.
The pub, part of Old English Inns and Greene King, was closed for three weeks for the upgrade, which saw the hotel’s two function rooms, bar, restaurant and 16 bedrooms all upgraded.
The character of the building, which dates back to the 14th centruy, has been carefully maintained, while a substantial upgrade was made to the toilet facilities, new decor throughout and the addition of new comfortable furnishings, including fixed seating.
The exterior has been redecorated and the garden dining area has been improved with the addition of a new pathway. The hotel’s entrance has also changed, to welcome customers in through a new front-facing door.
The work had been overseen by the Bull’s new manager, Richard Danylak, who joined just before Christmas having previously managed another Old English Inns’ property.
Speaking to East Anglia Daily Times, he said: “When I first arrived in Halstead, the Bull was pretty much the first thing I noticed as it has such an impact on the landscape of the town.
“I was even more surprised when I discovered it had such a fantastic garden out the back, a real hidden treasure. With all the improvements that have been made, it has been transformed into a lovely warm environment and the kind of attractive bar, restaurant and hotel that anyone living locally would be very proud of.”
Mr Danylak added: “We hope that now it has undergone such a dramatic make-over, the Bull will become a sought-after venue locally, particularly when people learn how reasonable our event and wedding packages are.”
Peter Hebblethwaite, business unit director for Old English Inns, said: “This is an important investment for us, which we are confident will be welcomed by the whole community and by visitors to area.
“We have spent a six figure sum but the investment stretches much further than the building’s refurbishment, including more choice at the bar, improved training for the team, new services for guests using the bedrooms and improved facilities and support for events and functions.”