Building work has started on a major £300k refurbishment of the Full House in Monk Bretton to create a great local, offering home-cooked food and fresh coffee seven days a week. The pub will be closed for six weeks during the building work, re-opening in early November.
As a result of the refurbishment nine new jobs are being created, including jobs for three cooks and additional bar and waiting staff to cater for the pub’s increased food business. A new menu and children’s picture menu will also be introduced..
Funds are being spent on a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the pub creating a light modern pub with a welcoming traditional decor. Improvements will include a doubling of the kitchen and reconfiguration of the interior. The bar will become a function room and the function room will be turned into an open plan lounge and dining area.
Outside, an eating and drinking patio area is being created along with a beer garden.
Nicola Ciampricotti, who has run the pub for the last four years, felt she had built the business as far as she could without a major injection of funds. The changes will allow the popular pub to improve its food and drinks offer and create more space for diners and drinkers.
Opening hours will be extended from 12noon to 11pm or midnight at the weekend. The Full House will be the only pub in the area to offer fresh coffee, Wi-Fi and home-cooked food.
Nicola said of the plans: “The Full House is in great need of a refurbishment. In spite of this our business has gone from strength to strength. Since taking on the pub we’ve trebled the amount of food we offer. We only serve food for three hours on Sunday but can have as many as 200 people during that time. The new investment will provide the community with what it wants, somewhere inviting and comfortable to meet, somewhere to eat and somewhere to have a good time, all on the doorstep. The Full House is 50 years old this year. I can’t think of a better anniversary present – a full makeover!”
Lawson Mountstevens, Managing Director of Star Pubs & Bars said: “Nicola has done a great job building her business over the last four years. Since taking on the pub she’s introduced a Sunday carvery and built up a strong wedding and funeral function room business. We want to support her and are pleased to be investing in The Full House to help her take the business to the next level and make it the best pub within a mile radius.
“HEINEKEN is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and invests in pubs like the Full House to ensure they continue to attract customers and remain at the heart of their communities for years to come.”