Oakman Inns has reopened Royal Foresters in Ascot following a three-year, £10m refurbishment project.
The reopening marks the 23rd property to join the growing pub portfolio, since it launched ten years ago.
The Royal Foresters was acquired by Oakman Inns in 2014 and is now a welcome addition to the local community, after originally being earmarked for development as new housing.
The 140-year-old building has been transformed into a 24-bedroom boutique pub space, with an 80-seat function space adjacent to the restaurant headed up by chef Lee McMullen.
The original bar has been restored and features two log fires, while the restaurant is home to an open theatre-style kitchen.
Despite the project being ‘severely delayed’ by adverse weather conditions, the hotel is now ready to welcome guests once again, with general manager Malcolm Coulter at the helm.
Peter Borg-Neal, CEO of Oakman Inns, said: “The delays caused by the extremes in weather throughout the build have been very frustrating for everyone concerned and I would like to thank all our neighbours and friends who have had to put up with the building works over the last few months. I’m very proud of our brilliant 100 strong-team lead by Malcolm Coulter who have worked so hard to be ready to welcome our first guests on Friday. This has been Oakman Inns’ largest investment to date and it’s been very encouraging to hear so many positive comments from the local community who have waited to get their pub back.”