November 15, 2011 August 23, 2013
August 17, 2011 May 2, 2018
Who’s that famous guy walking towards the door of the Cholmondeley Arms for the first time!!
It took some time to get the Cholmondeley Arms and we are delighted to be in a position to build on the pubs excellent history
That front door has to change
The signage too can be improved
A beautiful garden with great potential
The Stags head looks over the building before the builders arrive!!
A tired interior offers plenty of opportunity
August 16, 2011 May 2, 2018
Some of the team and our famous local gather by the old bar on Sunday 24th July as we close for the restoration of a great pub
The pub looks so big when it's empty
The strip out started straight away on Monday 25th July
Wonderful wood floors are discovered under the old carpets
More wood floors revealed
The Bar slowly disappeared!!!
Next will be the sand blasting of the interior
The walls in the main 'school' dining room are sandblasted back to natural brick
The plans are put on the old wall that supported the back bar as the bar completely disappears
As the sun shone the car park looked like a furniture sale. All the best pieces will be re-used
As we shut our doors look who turned up for a drink!!!
Luckily we could reward their endeavour with some 'fizzy stuff'
August 15, 2011 May 2, 2018
The builders lean over the plans and debate the next 'moves'
The Headmasters House B&B awaits its paint job
The internal sand blasting is now complete
The old internal porch has now gone
The old kitchen is stripped completely
The 'old school' radiators have come up a treat!!
The old sign will be down soon
The whole pub is being re-wired
August 14, 2011 May 2, 2018
Painting commences on the interior where we haven't sand blasted of course
The new entrance to the pub has been created
The eaves are now painted a softer colour
The garden benches are being sanded and painted by the team in readiness
The Headmasters House B&B has a new fence and is being painted
The hedges too are all being tidied up.
The land at the rear of the pub has been smartened up
The picket fence is now built
Decisions and plans are tweaked by the day
The eaves are now a warmer colour and the lighting is waiting for the signage
Old settles are waiting to be re-used
The Headmasters house gets warmer paint finishes
The entrance is ready for tiling.
The large ceilings are repaired and being painted
The outside dining area is extended.
The previously grim toilets are getting fully refurbished
The old wood joists are sandblasted and the walls of the pub are painted and waiting for mirrors etc
The Victorian back bar has arrived
What a great day to paint a pub!!
August 10, 2011 May 2, 2018
Another blue sky day means the exterior moves on quickly
The new entrance adds intrigue
The fence looks better in white!!!
The Kitchen is now being equipped for Head Chef Christian and his team
The new office has a fresh feeling to it!!!
The old school pews are in place
The old Victorian back bar and front bar are now fitted
The outside area is being improved for those that like to puff on a cigar etc.
We are now ready for signage to be painted onto the building
Steve and Stru’ from the Cholmondeley Arms and Shane and James from the Bulls Head all got together to enjoy a wine tasting to sample proposed wines for the new Cholmondeley wine list and forthcoming Autumn wines for the Bulls Head list too.
August 9, 2011 May 2, 2018
LONG SERVING TEAM MEMBER SUE IS ABLE TO START BAKING THE TREACLE SPONGES AND THE BAKEWELL TARTS
THE BAKEWELL TART IS DELICIOUS
A LITTLE LIKE STEPTOE'S HOUSE AS THE FURNITURE WAITS PATIENTLY TO BE PLACE IN SITU'
ESTABLISHED IN 1862 WHICH MEANS WE CAN CELEBRATE 150 YEARS IN 2012!
BEAUTIFUL DRESSERS ARE PLACED AROUND THE PUB
HOMAGE IS PAID TO THE PAST
IT'S OFFICIAL....IT WAS THE HEADMASTERS HOUSE!!
HAND PAINTED SIGNAGE ADORNS THE NEW 'CHUM' ARMS
THE HOPS ARRIVES FRESH AS A DAISY
THATS A BIG LAMP OVER THE BAR!!
THE NEW FIRE PLACE IS TAKING SHAPE
THE 'OLD' ENTRANCE IS BEGINNING TO LOOK STUNNING . NO SMOKING HERE ANY MORE!! WE HAVE A POSITION BEHIND THE BIKE SHEDS FOR THAT!!
THE SIGNS ARE GOOD
THE SCULLERY APPEARS
TIME FOR REFLECTION FROM THE MANY MIRRORS NOW ADORNING THE WALLS
WHO DOES THE CAR BELONG TO!!
August 3, 2011 May 2, 2018
BEAUTIFUL NEW GARDEN BENCHES
JUST WHO IS THE HEADMASTER
CHARLIE AND STEVE WHO BUILT THE BULLS HEAD TOO ENJOY A BEER BEFORE WAVING FAREWELL!!
CHOLMONDELEY BEST BITTER HAS PRIDE OF PLACE
MIKE CALMLY WRITES UP THE 'OLD SCHOOL' BLACKBOARDS AS WE NEAR COMPLETION
OUR FIRST APPLE TREE
PAINTERS, ELECTRICIANS, CHIPPYS, BUILDERS AND LANDSCAPERS ARE PROUD OF A JOB WELL DONE
THANKS TO OUR BRILLIANT HARDWORKING BUILD TEAM FOR MAKING A SECOND DREAM COME TRUE
'COOKIE' THE DEER HAS MOVED PLACES !!
THE 'GIN PALACE' BAR IS STUNNING!!
THE NEW ENTRANCE LOOKS WELCOMING AND FRESH
THE NEW WINDOW LOOKS OUT WHERE THE OLD ENTRANCE WAS.
THE NEW FIRE IS IN SITU
THE SUNSHINE POURS IN TO THE PUB NOW
CHRISTIAN TAKES A REST AFTER OUR FIRST SHIFT IN THE NEW CHOLMONDELEY ARMS
NOW THE EXTERNAL LIGHTS ARE DONE WE CAN CONFIRM WE CAN BE SEEN FROM THE MOON!!
STRU' TAKES TIME OUT FROM BEEN OUR REAL ALE CHAMPION TO HAVE A COFFEE!!! HE'S NOT A MORNING PERSON!!
WE ARE SO CHUFFED WITH THE LIGHTS!! A BIG THANKS TO ALL OUR ELECTRICIAN WHO DID A GREAT JOB
THE TEAM TOAST A VERY HARD DAYS WORK TO ENSURE WE OPEN ON SATURDAY!!