Makeover planned for Ye Olde George

The George is set to follow The Ostrich with a makeover.  An internal refurbishment is planned to continue, along with changes to the exterior of the building.

Artist's impression of the George's new external look

Artist’s impression of the George’s new external look

Punch Taverns, owner of Ye Olde George, has submitted an application  (P/09960/012) to Slough Borough Council for listed building consent for an overhaul of the pub.

The brewery intends to change the facade of the pub, re-rendering the front elevation and creating a two-colour effect to improve its “street appeal”.  It argues the change will have negligible impact on its heritage.  The application also includes new signage and planters.

The listed building changes will supplement other changes being made, some already under way since the pub reopened following its brief closure in September.

The George revealed pictures of its first refurbished rooms just before Christmas.

The George revealed pictures of its first refurbished rooms just before Christmas.

No structural changes are proposed to the building but the existing timber floors in the bar area will be sanded down and repolished.  New downlighters will be added; the TV and projector will be relocated and a new decorative darts cabinet will be installed.

Outside, the polycarbonate smoking shelter is set to be removed, along with the barbeque, and decking.  The picnic benches will be sanded and repolished, new fencing will be installed, and the car park will be white-lined.  Changes to the rear access from the pub are proposed, including a realignment of the door and window sills.

The gents will be overhauled with new urinals, like-for-like replacement of tiles, and new safety flooring in both the gents and ladies toilets to replace carpets.

First floor letting rooms will be fully redecorated; some already have been.  They will all be given new lighting, 32″ wall-mounted televisions and new carpets.  A deep clean of existing ensuite bathrooms will be carried out, and water pressure will be improved.  Corridors will be recarpeted, and a new self-contained manager’s flat will be created.

Part of the Grade II listed building is believed to have been constructed in the 17th century, along with the adjacent Park House.  The buildings were refronted around 1800 but Park House, the other side of the archway, has long since deviated from the consistent appearance which the buildings shared during the pub’s coaching inn days.

The application for listed building consent, registered with the Council on 2nd November, has yet to be decided.

The pub is hosting a New Years Eve party tomorrow night, tickets £5 each.


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