THE Smoker, a grade two listed thatched coaching inn in Plumley, has reopened following a major six-month refurbishment and a joint investment of £750,000 from Robinsons Brewery and licensee Darren Crawford.

Purchased by Robinsons in 1948, The Smoker, one of Cheshire’s most famous inns, has been stylishly and extensively restored to its former glory.

Wayne Roach, business development manager for Robinsons Brewery said: “The pub was tired and in need of a substantial refurbishment.

“The vision was to retain the charm and character of the premises while increasing the number of covers, extending the bar area and kitchen facilities and create spaces that were appealing, cosy and which reflected the true heritage of the pub.

“We have refurbished the toilets and made some structural changes throughout the premises to improve customer flow.

“The pub’s gardens have also been redesigned, with an enhanced outdoor drinking area for those warm summer evenings alongside a new attractive signage scheme.

“Historical features have been retained, including the pub’s beautiful thatched roof.”

Internally, floral wallpaper and fabrics have been used to fashion a timeless Arts and Crafts design.

The pub now offers a new snug room on the front elevation, with a relaxing dual aspect fire place.

The old restaurant room has its own roaring open log fire. Around the new bar area, there is now high-level seating partnered with ambient mood lighting.

Darren Crawford, licensee at The Smoker, has been in the pub trade for 25 years and runs four Robinsons pubs.

He said: “The Smoker has received some excellent customer feedback since the refurbishment and I am very proud to have been a part of this project.

“We’ve had an extremely busy period since reopening, with nothing but positive comments.

“The Smoker for years now has offered a warm and welcoming environment for all types of people, and this has not changed.

“It is definitely the place to go in Cheshire whether you’re out with friends, colleagues or family.”