Greene King plans alterations at The Chequers, Maresfield.

Greene King takes over The Chequers at Maresfield

Greene King  has taken over the Chequers at Maresfield and is planning to improve bar and dining facilities there.

The inn is now part of the Old English Inns portfolio of historic hotels, inns and pubs in England, “each one individual and unique”.

The company said: “As the proud new owners of the Chequers our ambition for the inn is a return to its roots at the heart of the local community.

“The inn now offers a wide selection of much-loved pub food and drink, including real ales, at affordable prices.

“We are also planning to invest in the inn later in the year, with careful renovations that will improve the facilities while ensuring the character and heritage of this much-loved building is retained.”

The Greene King brewery has applied for planning permission to make changes which include smartening an area to the right of the inn, as you look at it from the road, where there is a yard in front of the kitchen.

Wrought iron-style gates would be added where there were previously gates but only hinges remain.

Within the yard a small tree would be removed and a close boarded timber fence and gates which hide bin storage would be replaced. There would be new trimmed privet hedges in planter boxes behind the existing stone and wrought iron wall work.

Upper lights of the kitchen sash windows would be reinstated with glass to replace vent grilles.

At the rear of the building a solid timber door into the rear dining room would be replaced with a half glazed door in a bid to bring more light in, and adjacent internally-blocked windows would be opened up.

Also at the rear a timber balustrade to the decked area would be replaced.

Grey/green timber window frames and doors would be painted. The colour is to be confirmed.

Plans before the council say: “The proposed works will be to the highest standard and any areas affected would be made good to match the current style and decoration where necessary. All existing historical elements including floor are to be protected with sheeting ply during refurbishment.”

A design statement says The Chequers has long-played an integral role in the social and economic life of Maresfield and the proposals reflect Greene King’s desire to reinforce the building’s position to residents and visitors and increase its importance to the local economy by offering improved bar and dining facilities.

“The design philosophy of the proposals is to interfere with the authentic charm that already exists as little as possible but recognises the need for a substantial investment in the fabric of the building to guarantee its continued commercial viability.”

The Grade II listed building, which dates back to 1743, was refurbished and re-launched by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White three years ago, but went on the market earlier this year with a price tag of £995,000.

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