A COUNTRY pub has undergone a £100,000 refurbishment to “refresh and revive” its character.

Peach Pubs invested the money into The Chequers, in Eversley Cross, near Hook, revamping the external space so guests can enjoy an expanded area of outdoor seating.

The pub installed seating outside during the pandemic and wanted to make this a permanent feature, creating covered areas along with a patio extension.

Inside, the pub has been redecorated with new colours to brighten up the bar area and highlight its many traditional features.

The refurbishment was carefully carried out to reuse and repurpose wherever possible, to avoid waste and prevent items going to landfill.

The existing furniture was reupholstered with new fabrics using British-made velvets and woollen fabrics for a traditional feel.

New artwork has also been installed, chosen around the theme of the pub’s name The Chequers.

Antique boardgames and vintage items have been used to create eye-catching displays.

The pub, which is on the edge of the village green, has introduced a new summer menu packed with seasonal produce and lighter flavours such as Devon crab, fresh watermelon salad, Isle of Wight tomatoes and English berries.

New general manager Laura Watts, who grew up in Woking, said: “We really have everything you need for a superb summer at The Chequers and can’t wait to welcome you to the pub, which is truly looking its best.

“I may be new to this pub, but I’m not new to hospitality nor the area – I was born and bred in Woking and know and love the town plus I have worked in good restaurants offering great hospitality for a number of years.

“I’m delighted to have joined the team of this one, and to be working with a wonderful group of people making the pub really feel like home.”

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