Re­sponse to pub’s re­vamp is mag­i­cal

Mer­lin's Cave opens af­ter £1.2mil­lion makeover

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BELOVED vil­lage pub has fi­nally opened its doors af­ter weeks of an­tic­i­pa­tion fol­low­ing a £1.2 mil­lion in­vest­ment.

The Mer­lin’s Cave, on the Vil­lage Green, Chal­font St Giles, held an of­fi­cial launch party on Thurs­day last week be­fore open­ing to the public on Mon­day July 13. It has been closed since March to en­able the new own­ers, Apos­tro­phe Pubs, to carry out a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment.

Two ex­ten­sions have been built to make way for a large din­ing area and open kitchen, and more than 40 jobs have been cre­ated as a re­sult of the de­vel­op­ment.

Man­ag­ing part­ner Nick Han­cock said: “We knew we had some­thing re­ally spe­cial in store for Chal­font St Giles that would re­ally take peo­ple’s breath away, but even we were over­whelmed with the re­sponse. We have been ab­so­lutely packed and peo­ple are so en­thu­si­as­tic about the look and feel, the food, drink and the ser­vice at The Mer­lin’s Cave. We had a cou­ple of early is­sues with our elec­tric­ity sup­ply which are now re­solved but other than that our preview events were a roar­ing suc­cess.

“On be­half of the team we’d like to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported us and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to meet­ing even more new cus­tomers and be­com­ing a cen­tral part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity as we of­fi­cially open the doors.”

Di­rec­tor at Apos­tro­phe Pubs, Craig Mayes, said: “We want to of­fer our guests pubs with all the charm of a great com­mu­nity lo­cal but with an ex­tra­or­di­nary and spec­tac­u­lar twist. For us it’s about cre­at­ing a place for ev­ery­one to en­joy whether it’s for a Satur­day night treat; a mid-week river­side catch up with

RE­FURB: The new look Mer­lin's Cave pub friends over a cof­fee; a place to gather the fam­ily on Sun­day be­fore head­ing out for a walk or some­where for meet­ings with busi­ness col­leagues. Nick and the team have done a fan­tas­tic job of bring­ing this vi­sion to life at The Mer­lin’s Cave and we’re look­ing for­ward to a bright fu­ture for the pub.”

Peo­ple can keep up-to­date with what’s hap­pen­ing at the pub via the Face­book page at w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m/ Mer­lin­sCaveChal­font and can find out more and book a ta­ble on the web­site www.mer­lins-cave. com.

Photos by Joshua Sher­wood

PARTY:

Staff gather to of­fi­cially open the re­fur­bished Mer­lin's Cave pub in Chal­font St Giles

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