London’s grade II listed Cheshire Cheese pub, acquired by Shepherd Neame last year, has re-opened after a major £300,000 refurbishment.
The ground floor bar has been sympathetically updated, while the basement now houses a Todd’s Wine Bar. A newly laid out function and meeting facility occupies part of the pub’s upstairs floors, and there is also new signage.
Nigel Bunting, Shepherd Neame’s director of pub operations, said: “We are delighted that the Cheshire Cheese is open for business again, and looking better than ever. The refurbishment has returned the pub to its former glory, while at the same time giving it a contemporary feel.”
There has been a tavern on the same site since at least the late 18th century, although the current building dates from 1928. It was designed by the revered pub architect Nowell Parr and is a classic and rare surviving example of an ‘improved’ pub of the interwar period.
Last month, Shepherd Neame acquired the Compton Cross, in Soho, and the Horse and Groom, near Dartford.