Regulars at one of Uxbridge’s most historic pubs will need to find somewhere else for food and beer for the next few weeks.
The General Eliott in St John’s Road will close on Sunday night (November 9) for a refurbishment costing about £100,000.
Landlord, Gary Carpenter, said he was not sure where his regulars at the canal-side watering hole might take refuge and refreshment in the three weeks the pub will be closed but as long as they came back again, he would be happy.
“Be patient and look forward to your new ‘Eliott’,” he said. “We’re looking forward to welcoming you back.”
Meanwhile, he and wife, Sue, and their two boys will take refuge upstairs from the noise and mess.
The pub, which sits in the Uxbridge Moor conservation area and has been used as a film set for police spoof A Touch Of Cloth, will get a thorough makeover, including a new bar, new toilets and new roof, and a refurbished bar area with better seating and flooring.
Outside, there will be new signs, lights and a spruced up car park and beer garden - although the traditional pub sign depicting the 'hero of Gibraltar' after whom the pub is named, is to stay.
For Sue, a bigger and better kitchen beckons, to better prepare the promised new menu.
The General Eliott will re-open on Wednesday, December 3, with a formal opening two days later, when Gary hopes to throw a bit of a party.