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A popular London pub has received an extensive makeover, courtesy of Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer.
The Rugby Tavern has benefited from a £120,000 external and internal refurbishment, reinforcing the traditional appeal of this lively Clerkenwell pub.
The bar has been redecorated and there has been extensive work to the kitchen and function room. New furniture, carpeting and lighting has been installed and there are photos mounted on the walls depicting the area’s colourful history.
A particularly striking feature is the etched windows around the pub, each inscribed with Rugby Tavern, Shepherd Neame Limited or Fine Ales and complementing the pub’s traditional yet revitalised look.
The outside has been painted and new signage erected.
The Rugby Tavern is so named because it was built about 1850 on land donated by the renowned Rugby School, whose famous pupil William Webb Ellis is credited with inventing the sport.
Its central location, not far from the British Museum, London’s theatre district and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras, makes it a bustling pub used by office workers, Bloomsbury residents and tourists.
Shepherd Neame retail director Nigel Bunting said: “The refurbishment has brought the Rugby Tavern into the 21st century, while retaining its traditional London roots. The function room is now a superb facility, a new menu has been introduced and the pub is all set to capitalise on its new look.”