Located in Cheadle Hulme, The Hesketh is a traditional family pub established in the 1860’s. This newly renovated local has been designed to sympathetically refurbish the existing local community pub.
Work on the ground floor development was undertaken by main contractors Fairbuild and architect Alex Lodge. The project scheme for the renovation began in February 2016, with onsite work taking place in February 2017.
Lee Birchall, MD at DV8 Designs said: “Our brief was to retain the pub’s traditional charm. Many local competitors have been modernised and themed, leaving The Hesketh as the only traditional pub in town, so the design plays to this strength as a unique selling point.”
Taking inspiration from the historical public houses of London, the re-design and new look features used worn leathers contrasting against wools to soften the overall aesthetic whilst retaining a welcoming family vibe. The pub also features many of its existing attributes, such as brickwork and timber dividing structures and beams. An earthy colour scheme runs throughout to keep in line with the venue’s warmth and cosiness. Key furnishing elements include wing-back arm chairs and rubbed back painted timbers to form the country pubs intimate characteristics.
Refurbishment work to the exterior of the pub also took place which included a refresh of the paintwork on the existing building.
“A key element when redesigning the site was to form a more focal leading entrance, to achieve this we extended the existing entrance to make it a much more welcoming and attractive arrival to the pub,” said Lee.
Formerly known as Hesketh Tavern and one of Cheadle Hulme’s oldest pubs, the menu at The Hesketh is also being updated with new dishes to complement the famous carvery. These additions have been chosen to reflect the pub’s new image by creating a more upmarket yet comfortable and casual dining experience, whilst remaining excellent value.
Lee added: “An important feature of The Hesketh is its on-site carvery so our designs have ensured that this space becomes more streamlined and optimised during busy periods, whilst ensuring that the charm and aesthetics were not compromised. We recladded the carvery and refurbished its existing dividing screens to ensure that guests at The Hesketh can enjoy the new look yet still feel familiar for their much loved pub.”
James Almond, Company Director at Almond Pubs which owns The Hesketh commented: “The positive guest feedback we received following the addition of artesian pizza and premium burgers to our menu has encouraged us to update and extend it further to offer grills, fish dishes and more grazing or lighter bites to make a more contemporary pub menu.”
Chloe Johnson is returning to The Hesketh as General Manager after three years successfully managing two other of The Almond Family Pubs. She said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming some familiar faces back once we’ve opened and hopefully a few new ones too.”
James added: “The Hesketh is well-loved by its regulars and enjoys ongoing success after 11 years, since we have held its reigns. However, it needed a ‘sparkle’ as some of the once contemporary elements had become dated even though the traditional features had only grown in charm. This inspired us to enhance the existing features and play to the strengths of the historic pub.”
Lee concluded: “It is good to see that a pub such as this is sticking to its traditional features and enhancing its existing charm. This ‘sparkle’ of additional contemporary elements has just played strengths to the history of the pub.”