Slough Borough Council leader Cllr Sohail Munawar unveiled a business rate relief fund to support Slough’s struggling pubs this week. The Council says it will give pubs up to £1,000 towards business rate costs to help hard-pressed local landlords hit by the national business rate revaluation.
A ghost hunting company has enlisted the Ostrich Inn as the latest venue for budding and more experienced paranormal investigators. Overnight tours offering both the ‘spiritual’ and ‘scientific’ sides of paranormal investigation are planned in August and September … for those who can stomach it.
Colnbrook’s The Ostrich Inn and Ye Olde George are not the only local pubs to have seen investment, and a makeover, in recent months. The Horton Arms reopened in November following a major refurbishment and change of management.
The pub has also launched a new menu today – and Colnbrook residents are being encouraged to give the ‘new’ pub a try.
The George is set to follow The Ostrich with a makeover. A planned internal refurbishment is ongoing, along with changes to the exterior of the building if listed building consent for the changes, registered last month, is given by Slough Borough Council. The beer garden, and toilets are also being targeted for improvement.
The Golden Cross says it hopes to be open again soon despite reports that up to 60% of the pub may have been damaged in yesterday evening’s fire.
A major fire has broken out at the Golden Cross pub in Poyle this evening. Three fire crews are currently in attendance and thick plumes of smoke can be seen billowing from the first floor, as at 5:30pm this evening (Sunday, 18th December).
A woman who stepped in to stop an altercation between two men in Colnbrook’s George pub has been commended for her bravery by the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.
A “new look” Ye Olde George reopened its doors yesterday evening to a reassuringly “FULLLLLLLY STOCKED BAR” after its recent dry spell.
There is continued speculation around the future of Ye Olde George following its unexpected closure today following the resignation of landlord Geoff Damp, but the pub is expected to reopen late this week under new management.
The Ostrich’ transformation into a hotel complex is expected to be complete by the end of the Summer following its approval by the Council on 30th June. Refurbishment of the derelict western wing of the newly styled Ostrich Inn and remodelling upstairs will create 11 en-suite hotel rooms, allowing the pub to return to its historic roots as a hostelry and coaching inn.