An historic pub in Hounslow will close its doors in the New Year for a major makeover to return it back to its former glory.
The Rose and Crown pub in Heston Road, Heston , has recently come under new ownership by John Corbett and his partner Natasha Gleeson.
The couple have both previously worked at the pub and hope to turn their rundown and dated local into a watering hole the community can be proud of.
A £210,000 investment by Heineken-owned Star Pubs and Bars and the new licensees will see work begin after doors close on January 2 next year.
Mr Corbett, who has given up his job in marketing and sales, said: “This area is crying out for a good local where everyone can come together.
“We remember the Rose & Crown in its glory days and we’re determined to get them back.
“It’s a beautiful building, all it needs is investment and TLC and we’ll be giving it plenty of both.
“The Rose & Crown has been part of Heston for centuries.
"We’re family people and we want to preserve it for future generations by making it an asset to Heston once again.”
The pair who both grew up in Heston were saddened to see the pub lose its way in recent years, and grabbed a chance to change things around after discovering the lease was available.
It is believed to be Heston's second oldest building and dates back to the days of Charles II, so renovations will be done carefully to keep its history in tact.
Outside plans include replanting in the large beer garden and adding children's play equipment in the summer.
Inside, the pub will be completely refurbished and refurnished in keeping with with the building's history.
In addition, an extension in the kitchen area will allow the pub to serve locally sourced home cooked pub food and earlier opening hours means breakfast will be served from 8am.
A dispense system will be installed in the cellar plus three cask ales and the couple plan to introduce quiz nights and live entertainment to welcome back punters.
The pub will close on January 2 2017 and renovations are expected to take four weeks with the re-opening in early February.
Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs and Bars managing director, said: “We feel fortunate that such a committed couple are taking on the Rose and Crown as their own and working with us to revive its fortunes.
“Heineken is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and is investing in pubs like the Rose and Crown.”
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