Published on 20/02/2017The Rose & Crown is one of Heston’s oldest buildings, dating back to the time of Charles II, and the refurbishment has been sympathetic to its heritage. “We’ve brought the Rose & Crown out of the 1970’s and given it the ‘wow factor’ but kept the traditional feel of this lovely old building,” says John. Features such as oak beams, sash windows and a display of historical pictures of Heston and the pub have been retained and warm colours used but the layout has been reconfigured creating different areas for customers. There are now cosy corners and comfortable sofas as well as high ‘posing’ tables and stools in the new bar.
The kitchen has been extended and refitted so that the Rose & Crown can serve food. The menu focuses on pub favourites from fish and chips to pies and includes children’s meals. Dishes are home made and freshly prepared and produce bought from local suppliers wherever possible. Fresh bean coffee is being served all day and John and Natasha will be introducing morning breakfasts and afternoon teas with homemade cakes in the coming weeks.
John and Natasha plan to run all the activities associated with a great local. There will be quiz nights, board game evenings and live entertainment as well charity fundraisers and an area of the pub that can be reserved for meetings by local groups. A darts team is being formed and the couple is keen to hear from sports enthusiasts who would like to set up other teams. “We took on the Rose & Crown because we wanted to revive it and give it back to the community. It’s their pub and we’ll be asking residents what kinds of activities they’d like us to run,” says John.
“We’ve got children and grandchildren, and it’s important to us that the Rose & Crown is family friendly,” adds John. The couple’s next project is to make the pub’s large garden even bigger, installing a children’s play area in part of the garden that is currently blocked off. The garden will also be replanted and new furniture added.
John and Natasha say they “can’t wait” to show the revamped pub to local residents. “Some people popped in for a sneak preview and their feedback has been fantastic. They love the new look but are pleased that the pub is still a comfortable traditional community pub.”
There will be a party on March 4th to celebrate the pub’s reopening with entertainment including a band and disco. The couple promise that the pub’s new cask ale, the ‘Rose & Crown’, will be on tap in time.
Tim Galligan, Star Pubs & Bars operations director says, “We wish John and Natasha every success for the future. Their local knowledge and love of Heston have been invaluable to planning the pub’s refurbishment and turning it round. And their hard work, warm welcome and dedication are putting the great into Great British pub at the Rose & Crown.”
*The pub reopened on 6th February 2017