A Solihull pub is reopening this week after an extensive revamp to “rebuild it from the ground up”.
After months of renovation works since the pub closed down in September, bosses at The Boat in Catherine-de-Barnes are preparing to unveil the stunning refit to customers for the first time on Thursday (May 20).
Now under new management, The Boat has benefited from a six-figure investment to transform the old village inn into a contemporary pub with a fresh new interior, terraced patio, beautiful gardens with an outdoor bar and fire pits, as well as a brand new food and drinks menu.
The scheme has created 42 new jobs in the area.
General manager Dan Morgan, who took over the site in January, said: “The pub has basically been flattened and rebuilt from the ground up.
“We wanted the pub to feel cosy and welcoming so that people can come in for any occasion, whether that be for a date night or a family meal, or if you’re out taking your dog for a walk along the canal and want to pop in for a quick bite or a drink.
“Before, people in the local area would have to travel all the way into Birmingham for something like this. Now it’s right on their doorsteps.
“I think we’ve really hit the nail on the head with this refurbishment and delivered what people want to see from their local pub.”
Located beside the Grand Union Canal in Hampton Lane, The Boat now seats over 200 people thanks to a revamp of the beer garden, which features two pergolas and a pavilion dining area.
The dog-friendly pub has been kitted out with a new bar, which Dan describes as a “candy shop of spirits”, and now offers an extensive wine list plus hand-crafted cocktails and an innovative range of craft ales and lagers, local cask and house ale.
Executive chef Ben Sylvester and head chef Tom Ebbon have fused tradition and innovation to curate the menus which, alongside a new brunch offering, includes a range of small plates, artisan pizzas, vegetarian options, desserts and coffees.
Mains include beer-battered fish and chips, roast Welsh lamb rump with crispy potatoes, vegan risotto, and beef and ale pie with garlic mash.
Dan said: “We’ve had friends and family in this week and people’s reactions so far have been surprise and delight – it just looks totally different.
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“It was really important for us to give the locals what they wanted so we’ve partnered with Silhill Brewery to offer some really good local ales. We’ve also been speaking with the parish council throughout.
“People are really excited to see it, there’s a real buzz about the reopening.
“The area was crying out for something a bit different. It’s been a long time coming and we’re just so excited for everyone to finally see what we’ve done with the place.”
The Boat will be open from 8.30am to 10pm. To book, visit theboat-catherinedebarnes.co.uk.