Beer lovers praise pub conversion

June 18 2019
Beer lovers praise pub conversion

A THORNBURY pub has won national recognition for its sympathetic conversion from a derelict building to a welcoming venue.

The Butcher’s Hook, which is a Grade II-listed building, was highly commended in the Pub Design Awards held by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Chair of the judging panel Andrew Davison said: “The simple presentation of the interior uses original features in a way that attracts the eye. The landlord, Peter Tiley, with the owners Sir George and Lady Joanna White, have resisted the temptation to over-elaborate, with the result that the conversion is very sympathetic to the Grade II-listed building.”

The building was originally a butcher’s shop and dates back to the mid-17th century. Since then it has been an antiques shop and an Indian restaurant, before being left empty in 2016. Two years later it was derelict.

The building needed structural improvements before any interior decoration could be done. An extension was also added at the back. Work revealed historic features, such as an old flagstone floor and the butchers’ meat rails and hooks.

Mr Davison said: “It is apparent that great care has been taken to retain original features, such as the screen partition between rooms two and three, original flooring, a sunken wall cupboard, and the meat hanging rails on the ceiling and hooks on the walls from the butchering days.”

Mr Tiley, above, who also runs the Salutation Inn at Ham, a former winner of CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year, said he was “thrilled” that the Butcher’s Hook had been recognised.

He said: “I consider myself extremely privileged to have the opportunity to create and run a brand new pub in such a historic building.

“I'm very grateful to the owners George and Joanna for allowing me to do so and for sympathetically renovating and re-designing the Butcher's Hook to enable it to be used in a way which serves the community and brings a new lease of life to a very beautiful old building.

“Huge credit is also due to my partner and designer, Lizzie Hammond, who was instrumental in the final design and fit-out stages in which we decided to allow the building's historic features to shine through.”

The Butcher’s Hook became the first ‘new pub’ to open in Thornbury in 150 years last year.