IN PICTURES: Ostrich returns to its roots following £1.1m refurbishment

Colnbrook’s The Ostrich has reopened this week following a major refurbishment that has seen the pub return to its hostelry roots.

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The Ostrich has re-opened this week following a refurbishment which appears to have found favour with many villagers.

The three month £1.1 million refurbishment by Kent brewery Shepherd Neame has seen The Ostrich converted into a boutique hotel with 11 en-suite double bedrooms: four standard rooms, six superior rooms and one described as a “feature room”.

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Bedroom 10 is The Ostrich’s feature bedroom, featuring a freestanding roll-top bath and comfortable loung area.

Each room has been decorated individually in a “comfortable, yet contemporary style”, and finishing touches including a roll-top bath, and flat screen televisions.

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Room 5a, a “superior” room.

The large upstairs function room may have gone, making way for bedrooms, but a smaller functional room remains that can accommodate 30 people – and still retains the oak-beams.  Guests can also hire the private dining room on the ground floor, which seats up to 16 people.

The new, smaller, Ostrich function room will stake take parties of 30 for dining or up to 55 for buffet events

The new, smaller, Ostrich function room will stake take parties of 30 for dining or up to 55 for buffet events

The major refurbishment has seen traditional features preserved or enhanced, such as the oak beams, oak flooring and inglenook fireplace.  The interior has been repainted in muted greys, greens and blues, while a new carved wooden bar replaces the garish old one.  Its bar and dining area also have new furniture, lighting and décor; a glass screen protects against the draughty entrance and staircase; and carpets are back – making for a warm and stylish feel with mix of traditional and contemporary.

The inn’s kitchen has been refurbished, and it is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. The re-opening sees the launch of a new menu based on locally sourced ingredients.

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Outside, the beer garden has also seen some attention with new seating installed and trees removed.

Ten new jobs have been created as a result of the refurbishment, taking the staff total to 22.

Shepherd Neame’s director of retail and tenanted operations, Nigel Bunting, said in a press release:

“The Ostrich is a beautiful inn with real character, and we decided to undertake this major development in order to maximise its potential. Due to the inn’s proximity to Heathrow, we thought that there would be a market for guests wishing to stay over, and have already seen a high demand for the rooms. The inn looks fantastic, and will hopefully prove a great boost for the local area.”

The strategy already seems to have paid off and The Ostrich reports being fully booked for Christmas.

For more information visit www.theostrichcolnbrook.co.uk or phone 01753 682628.

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