Oxford’s historic pub, The Checkers, gets a makeover
The High Street pub has now reopened after a two-week refurbishment.
Pub firm Nicholson’s says the redesign has ensured the pub retains its traditional look and feel.
Improvements include refurbishing original features such as stained glass and carvings above the bar.
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As well as new upholstery, drinkers can expect five new TV screens to catch all the sporting action on BT and Sky Sports.
The outdoor dining area has also been upgraded, with additional seating, more heaters and additional screens.
The Checkers Inn dates back to 1279 and was a showroom for animals and inventors, and a base for money lenders.
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It is also claimed that the pub also has a secret tunnel which leads to The Miter in the High Street, which is currently closed.
As a specialist Cask and Gin house and located next to Oxford High Street, the pub caters to students, tourists, office workers and sports enthusiasts.
Patrons can enjoy everything you’d expect from a respectable British pub menu, including traditional pies, burgers and fish and chips.
In addition to the food menu, customers will also be greeted with an extensive drinks menu, offering a wide selection of casks, craft beers and lagers from around the world, perfectly suited to suit all tastes.
Speaking about the refurbishment, general manager Kerry Skrzypiec said: “It’s been fantastic to see the pub come together over the past two weeks.
“The team and I are incredibly excited to welcome new familiar guests over the next few days and hope they enjoy the transformation.
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“As an iconic pub in Oxford, the refurbishment has restored the natural beauty, giving it a new lease of life. We welcome everyone here, it really is the perfect place to unwind, relax and have fun! ”
Following the refurbishment and significant investment made, six new jobs have been created for the area, with the team now ready to pour pints and serve high quality food to customers.
According to Nicholson’s, much of the pub’s interior dates back to the 1500s when a former pawnbroker’s building was rebuilt as a tavern.
The checkerboard was the symbol of the money lender.
The pub has also exhibited animals discovered by 17th century explorers.
A private raise party is set to take place on March 24.
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