New look for the ‘Fitz’?

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Currently closed, the Fitzherbert Arms in Swynnerton will get yet another re-launch if the green light is given to a joint refurbishment plan by Lord Stafford’s Estates and the Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars Ltd Company.

This would see plate glass doors and windows inserted into the front and rear walls of the bar area to make the room brighter, to provide an additional entrance from the main road and to give access to new decked terrace with oak-framed pergola at the rear. The brick bus shelter in front of the pub would be replaced with an oak frame and patent glazed roof.
Internally, there would be new floors and bar fittings but no major alternations, Lord Stafford’s agent Russell Poole told the Gazette. The application was due for consideration by Borough Council Planning Department at the end of August.

The bus shelter, which does not belong to the pub, is owned by Swynnerton Parish Council and stands on land owned by the County Council.

“We are in discussions with both these bodies about our proposed replacement which we believe will be more in keeping with the look of the village and will improve the view from the ‘Fitz’”, Mr Poole continued.

Founded in 2008, the Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars Ltd is a small chain with a track record of restoring and successfully operating historic pubs as food destinations, for example the Cholmondeley Arms in a former Victorian schoolhouse in the Cholmondeley Estate in Cheshire.

“We intend to sensitively restore the pub to its former glory by ensuring its heritage is brought to the fore and that it remains in keeping with this fine Staffordshire village,”

said Cheshire Cat Pubco owners Tim Bird and Mary McLaughlin in a press statement.

“We plan to offer some of Staffordshire’s most notable ales from craft brewers as well as an interesting wine list and a range of locally sourced, freshly prepared food in line with our other award-winning pubs. We are very excited to be working the Lord Stafford on this project and look forward to opening a lovely pub in Swynnerton later this autumn.”