Potters Bar pub set to reopen after £150,000 refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 09:43 21 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:19 21 July 2014

James McLaughlin and Liz Brennan at the Cask & Stillage pub in Potters Bar, as it prepares to reopen after a refurbishment.

James McLaughlin and Liz Brennan at the Cask & Stillage pub in Potters Bar, as it prepares to reopen after a refurbishment.

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A Potters Bar pub is set to reopen this week after £150,000 has been pumped into a major refurbishment.

James McLaughlin and Liz Brennan at the Cask & Stillage pub in Potters Bar, as it prepares to reopen after a refurbishment.James McLaughlin and Liz Brennan at the Cask & Stillage pub in Potters Bar, as it prepares to reopen after a refurbishment.

The new licensees of the Cask & Stillage in High Street have rolled out the barrel to restore the historic inn to its former glory, with real ale on tap and plans to serve Thai food.

New landlords Eliz Brennan and James McLaughlin, and Heineken’s pub business, Star Pubs & Bars, have invested £150,000 in the refurbishment of the 18th century pub.

Originally a coaching inn which spanned the road, the Cask & Stillage is being lovingly restored to its former glory, including redecorating inside and out, new furniture and toilets, an upgraded kitchen and landscaping and replanting of the garden.

Following three weeks of closure for the extensive works, the pub is expected to reopen this week.

New licensees Eliz and James, who also run the Builders Arms in Barnet, are not just giving the Cask & Stillage a new look but are also intent on putting the pub on the map for cask ale and Thai food.

Having gained a reputation for excellent cask ale at the Builders Arms, which is now listed in the Campaign for Real Ale’s prestigious Good Pub Guide, Eliz and James are determined to do the same at the Cask & Stillage, starting with three and building up to a range of six ales on tap.

Whilst on the food side, they have appointed Thai chefs to produce an authentic but affordable Thai lunch and dinner menu.

Mr McLaughlin said: “As soon as we saw it we recognised the potential of the Cask & Stillage to be a thriving pub again.

“It’s a great pub in a fantastic location, all it needed was investment and a lot of TLC. We’ve got the investment now and we’ll certainly be putting in a lot of TLC.

“We want to make the Cask & Stillage a pub that Potters Bar can once again be proud of, a friendly, traditional local that is real asset to the community.”

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