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Alvanley Arms in Cotebrook re-opens after refurbishment

400-year-old coaching inn is brought into 21st century

The Alvanley Arms in Cotebrook has re-opened after a nine week refurbishment. Licensees Harry and Julie Challinor proudly stood outside the Alvanley Arms

A pub in Cotebrook has re-opened after a nine-week refurbishment.

The Alvanley Arms has opened its doors again following a joint investment from Robinsons Brewery and licensees Harry and Julie Challinor.

The duo worked hand-in-hand with Robinsons in-house design team to rejuvenate and modernise the former traditional country inn.

Julie said: “We’ve always been a traditional Cheshire pub. The previous design showcased the award-winning Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre , located just next door, but Harry and I both felt that the 400-year-old pub was crying out for a renovation to bring it into the 21st century whilst retaining the character and charm that we and our customers value so dearly.”

Internal view of the new bar area

Internally, the pub received a structural overhaul; removing obstructing walls to open up and improve the connectivity of the trading areas. In addition, a new bar has been made; housing four hand pulls serving Robinsons award-winning cask ales and a new coffee station.

The biggest change has been the transformation of what was the old plant room into a new dining area; increasing the pub’s seating capacity. The décor now includes leather and velvet seating, new fireplaces, a built in full height log store and bespoke shelving. Externally, there is a new outside terrace; which is sure to prove popular in summer months as customers watch the sun set and take in views over the lake.

External view of the pubs terrace overlooking the nearby lake

Harry said: “Julie and I have been with Robinsons for nearly eight years now (previously at the Derby Arms Treales) and have been proud publicans for over twenty years. Throughout our careers, we can both agree that Robinsons is the best brewery to work for – always providing the support, advice and encouragement needed to help us run our business. We cannot praise the team enough for their hard work and dedication. The reactions off our regulars has been fantastic!”

Business developer manager for Robinsons John Hughes said: “The Alvanley Arms is a true asset to both Robinsons and the local community. We’re confident that the pub has a very bright future in the hands of Harry and Julie.”

 

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