Local couple double pub portfolio after reopening of revamped Ilchester hotel and restaurant

A local Somerset couple have reopened their hotel and restaurant in Ilchester following a £250k, three-year renovation project.

The relaunch takes husband and wife team Brendan and Lucy McGee’s portfolio back up to two, having owned the nearby pub and restaurant The Bull Inn since 2012.

The Ilchester Arms, situated just north of Yeovil, will officially reopen on March 25, having been converted following a large refurbishment project which started in 2015 after the pair acquired the business’ neighbouring residential building.

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The development includes nine new bedrooms, some of which are equipped with specific facilities to enable them to better cater for disabled visitors, families and dog owners.

The couple have also finished the refurbishment of the reception and garden areas as well as introducing two new meeting and private dining rooms.

Across both The Bull Inn and The Ilchester Arms, Brendan and Lucy employ 28 members of staff, which has increased now that The Ilchester has grown its restaurant capacity from 60 to 100 covers.

Lucy McGee said: “From the start, we were intent on acquiring the next door residence to expand our business. We’re thrilled that we are now able to re-launch The Ilchester and expand our offering to our customers.”

Alexandra Henderson, NatWest relationship manager, added: “Brendan and Lucy have worked extremely hard to develop The Ilchester Arms into a strong and popular business. Following its expansion, the venue now has the facilities to build on its success by offering a heightened customer experience which will help to attract visitors from far and wide.”



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