One of Surrey’s hidden gems has officially reopened following a £170,000 programme of refurbishment.
The Old House at Home in Dormansland, near Lingfield was officially opened by Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame at a ceremony on Wednesday evening.
Mr Neame said:
“I’m delighted the Old House at Home is now back at the heart of the community. It’s particularly pleasing to see the pub in the hands of a couple who clearly love what they do and are doing an excellent job.”
Andy and Samantha Barnett took over the pub earlier this year and have seen it undergo a dramatic makeover.
“The opening was great, everything that’s been achieved is a testament to the brewery and to our brilliant customers without whom we wouldn’t be here.”
While retaining its historic homely character and many of its original features, the pub has been given a new kitchen, bar and toilets and furniture, the interior has been opened up and a double-sided log burner fitted.
Outside the south facing garden has been expanded, with new seats, planting and outdoor heaters.
The opening was marked with the donation of a cheque for £1,000 to the Young Epilepsy charity. The official first pint was pulled by regular Bill Daly, who has lived opposite the pub for the last 25 years and is an active member of the local community.
To find out more, visit the pub's website.