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Gastro pub reveals details of seven-figure renovation

Leicestershire pub, The Griffin Inn, is soon to be refurbished.

The pub is owned by ex-England cricketers Harry Gurney and Stuart Broad
The pub is owned by ex-England cricketers Harry Gurney and Stuart Broad

The owners of Swithland’s The Griffin Inn are investing £1m into an extensive renovation of the pub, in conjunction with Everards.


The premium gastro pub forms part of The Cat & Wickets Pub Company, owned by ex-England cricketers Harry Gurney and Stuart Broad.

Over the past year, £75,000 has been spent on refreshing the pub’s interiors and creating an elevated courtyard. A further £1m is to be spent on further renovations, with work due to start on January 2, 2024.

Harry Gurney, Managing Director at The Cat & Wickets Pub Company, says: “We’re really excited about this next round of renovations. I’m a Loughborough lad, and Stuart and I both know that we are simply caretakers of a pub that has meant a lot to the local community for hundreds of years. We promise to continually nurture and cherish it, while always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the customer experience along the way.”

The kitchen will be overhauled to double its existing size and will include fully electric equipment. The Old Stables will be transformed into an additional dining space within the gastro pub, creating 80 more covers. 30 additional covers will also be created in the courtyard as part of the planned work.

Matt Crehan, Business Relationship Manager at Everards, commented: “We're delighted to work with the Griffin team to bring their vision for the pub to life. In 2023, we've invested over £4m in supporting our business owners with repairs and investments. We look forward to kickstarting 2024 by supporting the Griffin and the Swithland community by investing in their pub."


The management team anticipates a 60% increase in turnover following the renovations, which will equate to a 60% uplift in available working hours. As a result, the team anticipate that 20 new jobs will be created alongside progression opportunities for the existing team.


It's hoped that The Griffin Inn will reopen its doors in March.


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