We opened our doors to guests on the 28th of January and welcomed our first guests that night. We were delighted to have Jill and Simon Foxley staying in the Kent Room named after Jill’s Mother’s Family from Chrishall. It was a very moving occasion for us all. The rooms are all named after Chrishall farmers and landowners. Four of the five still have family members living in the village and who use the pub regularly, as their families have for hundreds of years. We have some historical photographs provided by Paul and Bruce Drury which have now been put up in the barn foyer.
Although the rooms opened in January, the thatch hadn’t gone on, and we had some insulation panels in place temporarily. The thatch started going on in April and is very well underway. The thatcher depends very much on the weather to carry on but we’re almost there, the thatch being tidied prior to the ridge going on.
We are very happy with the final product – the rooms are really well finished, with luxurious fixtures and fittings in the rooms and the en-suite bathrooms. We provide a good range of amenities and are careful to ensure our sustainable credentials are the best they can be. One room has a wet room which is accessible for people with mobility needs. The water pressure and temperature in the showers is controlled by an external switch to prevent that cold/hot wet arm panic when you face a new shower. We are also pleased with the overall court yard feel to the front of the pub, with an enclosed garden which, over time, we will develop and keep maintained according to the seasons.
All our guest reviews are 4 or 5 star and we have plenty of return guests, who we are building great relationships with. we will be working hard to continually tweak what we do so we get things as right as we possibly can for all our customers.
In the pub we’ve recently had a coat of paint to freshen things up and some new curtains for an slightly updated look. Next thing is to replace some of the chairs, so they are more comfortable and at the right height for the tables.
Another thank you to all our lovely customers, old and new who continue to come and support the pub. It really is a social hub at the heart of a wonderful village community.
Toby and Alexis