The team at The Queens Head, Sutton Valence, are trying to make the most of lockdown, despite being forced to close.

Pub partners, Penny Cooper and Rob Simmonds, took over The Queens Head in September and after closing for the first week for essential work to the bar area have been keen to make their mark on the pub ever since. However, they have been much busier than expected, and haven’t yet had the chance to carry out further maintenance and repairs.

After being forced to close as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the couple have been working hard, including French polishing the bar, sanding and varnishing the flooring and carrying out extensive garden maintenance. After being unused for years, the garden has been levelled out and seeded, as well as clearing large areas of rubbish and overgrowth to expose a stunning view and hidden rockery. Rob hopes that when the pub reopens, customers will be able to sit outside and enjoy the summer sun.

Rob said: “When we took over the pub we were hoping to give it a new lease of life. I hope the local people would agree that we have made a positive impact, and we hope that by continuing to improve the pub we can encourage more of our community to visit.”

The pub is looking forward to welcoming customers, old and new, back into the pub after lockdown. The pub and restaurant is both family and dog friendly, and invites people to enjoy their newly refurbished garden.

Hawthorn Leisure CEO, Mark Davies, said: “We are pleased to see that our partners are using lockdown to ensure that their pubs will come back better than ever! This is a great time for improvements, and we can’t wait to see the changes!”

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