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Stowupland Crown restored to former glory

PUBLISHED: 11:30 25 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 August 2015

The Crown Inn at Stowupland which has been renovated and re-opened.

The Crown Inn at Stowupland which has been renovated and re-opened.

A traditional pub in Stowupland has reopened, creating 30 new jobs after undergoing major restoration

Hollie Rushden makes coffee at The Crown Inn, Stowupland which has been renovated and re-opened.Hollie Rushden makes coffee at The Crown Inn, Stowupland which has been renovated and re-opened.

Robert and Emily Shelley bought The Crown at Stowupland in August 2014, because they felt passionate about the site and believed the pub should be there for the wider community.

The pair, who own another business in Stowupland and live in nearby Gipping, used local tradesmen to restore old historical features to the thatched 14th century pub which had fallen into disrepair.

During the past eight months, the entire building has been renovated with old beams replaced, paint work refreshed and amenities modernised. A new kitchen has been built, new toilets created and even a restaurant extension has been introduced.

“The pub had fallen into disrepair for a while and Rob and Emily wanted a place everyone could enjoy once again,” said project manager Daniela Bruce. “Everything has completely been restored and the pair have spent real time and effort bringing back the pub’s old features,” Daniela added.

The Crown Inn at Stowupland which has been renovated and re-opened.The Crown Inn at Stowupland which has been renovated and re-opened.

The team were keen to retain the pub’s character but have created little twists with the inclusion of a wood fired pizza oven and an open style pass to the kitchen area.

“The focus is about combining all that is great about a British pub but also by providing very honest food and a few twists along the way,” commented Daniela. “It’s not a gastro pub but just a business which is warm and helps boost the community in Stowupland,” she said.

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