After the 15-month closure, work has started on the £380,000 refurbishment to reopen historic pub, The Lamb, on Berkhamsted High Street.
The refurbishment is set to transform into a great quality contemporary pub with a new restaurant and garden.
The project is being undertaken by Heineken – owned Star Pubs and Bars and local residents, Russell Michelle North, licensees of The Bull in Berkhamsted and Alex Legret and Dan Twine of mobile cocktail bar company, Three Piece Bar.
The outside of The Lamb will receive extensive renovation, including redecoration and new lighting and signage to make it an attractive focal point of the high street once again.
The revamp will add a 36-cover restaurant and a cosy snug, refit the kitchen and install toilets in a new rear extension.
The restaurant will serve modern pub food with fresh ingredients, using local suppliers wherever possible, and offer light lunches, afternoon teas and a dinner menu.
The team want to put The Lamb on the map for the quality of its drink as well as its food and are upgrading the cellar with state-of-the-art dispense equipment to ensure consistently excellent beer and cider.
The drinks range will span from craft and cask beers, premium wines, cocktails and spirits, and barista quality coffee.
Russell North, who has run The Bull for the past three years, said: “It has been sad to see such a lovely old pub with so much potential closed for so long. We want to bring it back to life and add to that end of the high street.
“We’ve spent three years searching Hertfordshire for the perfect pub; it’s great to have found one so close to home. Berkhamsted is a thriving town and I feel lucky to have two pubs here.”
The pub is expected to reopen in early November, creating 15 jobs.