Thought to date back to the 13th Century, as a resting place for travellers between Salisbury and Canterbury, this alehouse is packed with great beams, stained glass and ancient fireplaces.
The current owners bought the pub in 2008, embarking on an extensive refurbishment to salvage historically-relevant period features while creating a space which felt contemporary and welcoming. As they refresh it now, their affection for the space is evident in every sympathetically selected detail.
While the historic features need to be honoured in an interior refresh, this is a living, commercial venue demanding a contemporary and hospitable feel, to ensure the longevity of such a significant destination.
This includes the beautiful bespoke carpet. The owners, working very closely with our project consultant and design team, selected a classic herringbone design from our Kit Kemp Collection. They recoloured the design using our optimum palette in warm neutral tones. The detail is rich with ocean blue, soft browns and plum flecks but the effect from full height is a very current earthy green.
The flecked design, combined with 8 row quality axminster gives this carpet outstanding durability making it a practical as well as elegant choice for this busy, family-friendly venue.
Our project consultant, Pauline Gramson who worked with the owners to deliver this phase of the refurbishment is delighted with the finished product:
“The owners love it and it’s so wonderful to go back to see the rest of the scheme complete with the rest of the furniture and fittings having come together to create such an elegant yet cosy feel. I hope to be working closely with the team in the coming months on the next stage of the refurbishment with will include bedrooms and corridors in the inn.”