£300,000 restoration project for city's oldest and 'most haunted' pub - The Coventry Observer

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£300,000 restoration project for city's oldest and 'most haunted' pub

Lauren Clarke 21st Nov, 2016

ONE of Coventry’s oldest and ‘most haunted’ pubs is set to benefit from a £300,000 restoration.

The Golden Cross in Coventry Hay Lane is undergoing a major transformation to refurbish the 1583 listed building – with the interior being opened up and oak beams being stripped back to a natural light oak, partition walls removed and new lighting installed.

New furniture and carpets promise to bring the pub up to date, while the outside of the pub will be redecorated with new signage.

Following the refurbishment, the pub will serve coffee and casual drinking and dining downstairs with a flexible area upstairs for eating and drinking.

Customers will also be able to use the small beer garden.

Once renowned for its live music, licensee Charlotte Porter intends to put the Golden Cross back on the map as a live music venue, hosting bands two or three nights a week.

She said: “I’m looking forward to creating a great traditional pub which appeals to city workers, shoppers, tourists and students.

“The Golden Cross is in a fabulous location next to the cathedral so should be somewhere Coventry can be proud of.”

The work is being undertaken by Heineken-owned Star Pubs and Charlotte’s brother, James.

Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs and Bars added: “We’re pleased to be investing in improvements to The Golden Cross, a building of historical importance, making it relevant to Coventry pub-goers today and to help Charlotte create a pub everyone can enjoy.

“Heineken is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and is investing in pubs like The Golden Cross to ensure they deliver excellent quality, attract customers and thrive at the heart of their communities for years to come.”

The pub will re-open late December and will create 12 new jobs.

The Golden Cross will open from 10am to 11pm Monday to Thursday and till 1am on Friday and Saturday and 11am to 8pm on Sunday.

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