Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft's Ribble Valley Inns is set to launch its latest venture - a new pub/restaurant called the Nag's Head at Haughton near Tarporley in Cheshire - on 9 June.
The Nag's Head will be the group's fifth pub site, and its first in Cheshire. Haworth and Bancroft, both former Catey winners, are also joint managing directors of the Northcote hotel in Langho, Lancashire.
The Grade II listed Nag's Head started life in the 17th century as a local smithy and inn, and has been restored to expose some previously hidden features including Victorian tiled floors and original 17th century beams. It has a bowling green, kitchen garden, and large outdoor dining area (seating up to 100 covers).
The pub will service 250 covers in total including the outdoor dining. Inside, the rooms have been redesigned in partnership with Chester-based designer Lister Carter.
Executive chef Haworth has worked with head chef Michael Carter to create a menu that celebrates the local larder, the seasons, and artisan ingredients. Meanwhile Bancroft, the managing director, is developing a wine list alongside Nick Adams (Master of Wines) and Adam Pawloksi (Northcote's sommelier).
The opening is expected to create more than 35 full- and part-time jobs in the region,