An 18th century coaching inn has re-opened its doors today following a £400,000 refurbishment – and here is all the work condensed into a two and a half minute video.
The Kings Arms, on the Berkhamsted High Street, closed on November 1 for six days while the work was carried out – including the installation of a wood-fired pizza oven taking centre stage in the dining area.
An army of tradesmen descended on the building – owned and run by Tring-based firm Oakman Inns since 2010 – to carry out the re-decoration and reconfiguration before the reopening on November 7.
The pub’s principal function room – known at the Greene Room after local author Graham Greene – now has a dedicated kitchen after an adjacent bedroom was converted.
Other bedrooms have been updated, soundproofed and redecorated to bring them ‘up to standard’ and repairs took place on the roof and second floor.
Downstairs in the bar area, the open fireplace has been restored and the bar furniture replaced with leather seating.
Behind the scenes, improvements to the working areas with upgraded extraction airflows and new equipment means a better working environment for kitchen staff.
Better serving areas and improved communications between order, kitchen and waiting staff has improved the work flow and ensures guests receive their orders promptly and efficiently.
And this video shows 144 hours worth of work condensed down to just two and a half minutes.