Landmark pub closes for refurbishment but landlord says it’s party time when it reopens
REGULARS at one of Uxbridge’s most historic pubs will need to find somewhere else for food and beer for the next few weeks.
The General Eliott, in St John’s Road, has closed for a refurbishment costing about £100,000.
Landlord Gary Carpenter said he was not sure where his regulars at the canalside watering hole might take refuge and refreshment during the three weeks the pub is shut, but as long as they come back again, he will be happy.
“Be patient and look forward to your new ‘Eliott’,” he said. “We’re looking forward to welcoming you back.”
Meanwhile, he and his wife, Sue, and their two boys will take refuge upstairs from the noise and mess.
The pub, which sits in the Uxbridge Moor conservation area, will get a pretty thorough makeover, including a new bar, toilets and roof, and a refurbished bar area with better seating and flooring.
Outside, there will be new signage, lights and a spruced-up car park and beer garden.
For Sue, a bigger and better kitchen beckons.
The General Eliott closed on Sunday night and will reopen on Wednesday, December 3, with a formal opening two days later, when Gary hopes to throw a bit of a party.