Having closed its doors to the public back in December 2013 and lying dormant and neglected ever since, the future of The Dinton Hermit is now looking bright again. We started work in September 2019 on a sizable redevelopment of this historic landmark which will entail the repair, refurbishment and extension of the venue.
Starting off with the bar and restaurant areas, these have been extended to include a new vaulted ceiling conservatory as well as some additional informal seating in the bar area. During the refurbishment, great care has been taken to maintain the original features of the building whilst sensitively creating a contemporary feel that blends the old with the new. This work was completed at the end of November and the pub officially reopened its doors on November 30th!!
Work then started on the outside areas early Spring 2020. The large garden is being landscaped to create several distinct and attractive seating areas. A wildlife friendly hedge has been planted incorporating 10 varieties of hedge plants with flowers and fruits that will attract birds and insects. A winding path of wooden raised beds has been constructed that houses our kitchen garden and the planting is underway with courgettes, runner beans, lettuce, spinach, herbs and edible flowers. During the Spring, Summer & Autumn, there are tables and chairs on this patio area providing the opportunity to eat and drink outside.
We then moved on to the new entrance which leads off Main Road, Ford directly into the pub’s large car park. Also, work is underway on the second patio area which lies opposite the pub’s entrance door and which will provide further outdoor seating come Spring 2021.
There are also plans to refurbish the accommodation which will comprise a total of 11 rooms. We’ll bring you more information about this as the plans take shape.
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