Historic Heston pub closes for £210,000 refurbishment by new local resident licensee

Historic Heston pub closes for £210,000 refurbishment by new local resident licensee

John and Natasha, who once worked at the Rose & Crown, both grew up in Heston and had been saddened to see the pub lose its way in recent years. When they saw the lease was available, they decided to take it on and rebuild a great pub for their neighbourhood.

The decision required John to give up his job in marketing and sales but he says it was an easy one to make. “This area is crying out for a good local where everyone can come together. We remember the Rose & Crown in its glory days and we’re determined to get them back. It’s a beautiful building, all it needs is investment and TLC and we’ll be giving it plenty of both.”

Outside the Rose & Crown, believed to be Heston’s second oldest building and date back to the days of Charles II, will be carefully renovated and redecorated to make it an attractive feature of the area. The large beer garden will be replanted, with plans to add children’s play equipment in the summer.

Inside the pub will be completely refurbished and refurnished throughout in a traditional warm style in keeping with the building’s history. The kitchen will be extended to enable the Rose & Crown to offer locally sourced home cooked pub food. Permission has been granted to increase the pub’s opening hours to 8am for the service of breakfast.

John and Natasha are determined to put the Rose & Crown on the map for the quality of its beer as well as its food and are installing a state of the art dispense system in the cellar and adding three cask ales. Other plans include the introduction of quiz nights and live entertainment to help restore the Rose & Crown as a hub for local people.

Work is expected to take four weeks with the pub scheduled to reopen in early February.

Adds John, “The Rose & Crown has been part of Heston for centuries. We’re family people and we want to preserve it for future generations by making it an asset to Heston once again.’

Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars managing director said: “We feel fortunate that such a committed couple are taking on the Rose & Crown as their own and working with us to revive its fortunes. Heineken is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and is investing in pubs like the Rose & Crown to help them deliver excellent quality, attract customers and thrive at the heart of their communities for years to come.”