The Grade II listed pub has been restored under the close eye of Robinsons’ in-house design team and the local council to ensure the most accurate representation of the original whilst offering a contemporary upgrade with many nods to the pub’s history.
The new Queens Head features several large drinking and dining areas with a focus around three original fireplaces and the pub’s unique and striking bar – a former four poster bed – which survived the fire.
Constructed from an Elizabethan four poster bed which originated from Appleby Castle, the bar uses several different pieces of antique furniture.
Inscribed ‘1714’, parts of the frame are rumoured to be as early as the 17th Century. The bar stands as a reminder of the Queens Head’s past and a celebration of its future.
Upstairs, the pub features 10 newly-refurbished en-suite guest bedrooms which provide the perfect base for guests to Cumbria and their four legged companions.
To celebrate the relaunch, local residents and the fire fighters who helped battle the flames were invited back to a special preview evening by the pub’s new general manager Samantha Robinson and her team.
“It’s been a long journey to get to this point and we wouldn’t have been able to get here without the support of our local community,” she said.
“We are proud to be able to give this pub back to the people of Troutbeck and to pick up where we left off; serving a great range of cask ales, spirits, wines, beer and, of course, hearty Cumbrian food. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back, muddy boots, paws and all!”
William Robinson, managing director of Robinsons Brewery (Pubs Division), said: “The outpouring of support from everyone in the community has been fantastic and it was a great moment to share the reopening of this historic pub with the firefighters who helped to save it.
“We want to thank everyone for all their help and well wishes throughout this restoration and we hope the Queens Head will continue to serve the community for many generations to come.”