Located on the ancient Roman Watling Street road, the Grade II listed thatched former coaching inn first opened in 1597 and is believed to have once provided accommodation for the first Queen Elizabeth.
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 whilst 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 gardens have also been redesigned, with an enhanced outdoor drinking area and a new attractive signage scheme. Historical features have been retained, including the pub’s beautiful thatched roof.”
Licencee Darren Crawford, who has been in the pub trade for 25 years and runs four Robinsons pubs, added: “The Smoker has received some excellent customer feedback since the refurbishment and I am very proud to have been a part of this project.”