Welwyn Hatfield pub to reopen following £300,000 refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 09:44 04 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:49 04 November 2016

The Crooked Chimney pub

The Crooked Chimney pub


A historic Welwyn Hatfield pub-restaurant is due to reopen this weekend following a £300,000 refurbishment.

The Crooked Chimney pub’s history

Serving the community for more than 200 years, the building was originally a farmhouse called Hornbeam Hall.

Its use as an inn dates back to 1756 when it was called The Chequers.

In 1777 Searanckes Brewery of Hatfield acquired the building.

It remained as The Chequers until 1968, when it was renamed The Crooked Chimney after its distinctive crooked brick chimney.

The Crooked Chimney on the outskirts of Lemsford is currently being given a new lease of life thanks to a major makeover.

Named after its distinctive crooked brick chimney, the pub in Cromer Hyde Lane is temporarily closed.

But it will reopen to the public on Sunday, November 6 with a new menu and plenty of recipes to try, including sticky crispy duck salad, seared fillet of sea bass and Cornish kiln-smoked bacon rib. And for those with a sweet tooth, all new desserts and puddings include chocolatey ale cake and sumptuous toffee and nut trio.

At the centre of the overhaul is a total revamp of the dining and bar area, which will have new furniture, carpets and lighting throughout, as well as a more open plan and inviting layout.

A roaring log fireplace will welcome guests and invite them to put their feet up in one of the pub’s many ‘cosy nook’ areas.

General manager Jeremy Randall said: “We’re confident that the refurbishment will not only be a big hit with locals, but will attract new customers from further afar who want to use the pub as the perfect base to explore the surrounding countryside or take a walk along the picturesque nature trail nearby which follows the River Lea.”

Called The Chequers until 1968, The Crooked Chimney is set close to historic Brocket Hall and some parts of the building are over 400 years old.

To celebrate the revamp, locals are being invited to check out the new-look Vintage Inn at a launch event on Friday, November 11, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample mini canapés from the pub’s menu of hearty, seasonal pub food, including favourites such as the premium Wagyu burger, ham hock, and a twist on a classic – the king prawn, lobster and avocado cocktail.

Plus, to help toast the celebrations in style, guests will each receive a free glass of Prosecco on arrival, and 20 per cent off their next visit.

Mr Randall added: “We’re really excited to be able to unveil our new look bar and dining area and to invite people to our VIP launch event.

“For hundreds of years the building has been at the heart of the Lemsford community, and while it has taken many different guises during this time, we have built a strong reputation at The Crooked Chimney for serving great quality, hearty pub food.

“Whether you’re planning a dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with the family, the new and improved surroundings will give guests that home from home feeling, with open log fires, plenty of rustic charm, and a great selection of regional cask ales and fine wines to choose from.”

• If you would like to attend the launch event on Friday, November 11, register your interest by emailing The Crooked Chimney at crookedchimneywelwyngarden@vintageinn.co.uk

Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

For more details, visit the Vintage Inn website at www.vintageinn.co.uk

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