The Castle

A 'warts & all' account of the transformation of a run-down pub in Bradford-On-Avon into a 'proper' Inn (food pub with rooms). Written by Alex Reilley & Pierre Woodford

Saturday, March 10, 2007


It's the beginning of March 2007 and it's been a long wait but in the end it's worth it we have been given permission to start work although there are a number of conditions, well three sides of A4. Pierre's moved down from London & the builders & stonemasons are all lined up & ready to go.

The Castle has had all the crap taken out and is ready to be overhauled and bought back to life as an Inn where good food and good drink is to be served and, in time, where guests can stay in our luxuriously planned rooms. The scaffolding is up and we will start work first thing on Monday 12th March. It is by no means going to be quick and easy, years of neglect mean that there is going to be a lot of work needed to bring this great building back to life.

The plan is to get the pub up & running in 12-15 weeks with the rooms to complete some 8 weeks later. So with any luck we'll be quaffing our first pint of ale & tucking into our first plate of proper pub fodder sometime in June - although don't be surprised in May if you read an entry on the blog stating our intention to open before Christmas!

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