Taking an old pub and reinventing it as a restaurant -bar-hotel is what makes Oakman Inns tick – and this time they asked Dover Design to help get this project done and open in time for the Christmas season.
Working with a leading name in hospitality that loves to develop interesting old properties was the opportunity to bring Dover and Oakman together. Having acquired the property mid August , Oakman needed to be trading in November.
A familiar landmark opposite the Church, Banyer’s House was once the Rectory, and needed more than just a facelift, and Oakman Inns took on the challenge.
Oakman Inns are expert in creating new energy in the old buildings they acquire, and supported by Dover Design they did it again in Royston, creating a new venue with bar, a 90-seat restaurant, a function room, and 9 quirky bedrooms. in just 8 weeks.
Reverend Banyer occupied the house as his vicarage from 1739 to 1757, and although a Grade 2 listed building, it's been though quite a few changes and has kept very few of its original internal features.
From the moment you walk in, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with a decor that renders the traditional in a contemporary palette. While each of the four interlinking areas is treated differently, they work together to give variety and theatre within the heritage building.