THE HISTORIC White Lion pub in Radford Semele is set for a new chapter in its long history when it re-opens this summer.
Warwickshire pub company Peach Pubs has has taken over the Southam Road pub which is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment.
The award-winning pub company has an established track record of running succesful gastro pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England, serving quality fresh food in relaxed surroundings.
For the last 20 years it has been operating in Warwickshire where it has four other thriving pubs including its very first, The Rose & Crown in Warwick, the original Peach pub which opened in 2002.
The White Lion refurb will be sensitive to the 16th century thatched pub – which was
all but gutted when a huge fire ripped through it in 2006 – with contemporary touches.
It will include snugs for drinking and dining, and a modern garden room with feature artwork and bi-fold doors opening onto a newly landscaped garden with a covered pergola, lounging sofas and dining tables.
The pub will serve a menu of seasonal dishes including steaks and seafood, classic gastro pub favourites, daily changing specials and Sunday roasts.
Peach partner Sarah Robinson said: “The White Lion is a beautiful, old pub in a beautiful village, and we are lucky to call it one of ours.
“Since taking it on, we have got to work to give it the attention it deserves, to make it a great pub for everyone in the village to enjoy as well as guests from further away.
“The refurbishment is making good progress. We shall re-open the doors in early Summer and can’t wait for the moment to come when we can welcome people back.
“In the meantime, we are recruiting and are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team in a variety of front and back of house roles.”