The Pheasant at Buckland, formerly The Jolly Farmers, is set to open on 10 December 2015.
Cheshire-based pub company Brunning and Price purchased the property, which sits next to the A25, this summer from the previous owners.
Since July the building and grounds have been undergoing extensive renovation, with a new kitchen installed and the bar area enlarged to accommodate seating for those who just want to sit and have a drink and a chat.
Brunning and Price say cosy atmospheric interiors with log fires will make the pub the perfect place for relaxation and conversation over dinner, without the intrusion of TVs and background music.
An apartment has also been created on the first floor, as the company believes it is important for its managers to live on-site and be an integral part of the community.
Externally, the grounds have been re-landscaped to create a garden designed to harmonise with the surrounding countryside, and the car park has been remodelled to make more efficient use of the space.
The pub has a long history, with the earliest recorded date of 1766 stamped into several bricks of the adjacent cottage. That building, now called Jolly Farmers Cottage, was the site of the original tavern, The Tap, which is marked on a map dated 1801. By the 1930s the pub had moved into its current premises, along with the name The Jolly Farmers.
Brunning & Price’s Managing Director, Mary Willcock, said the inspiration for the new name – The Pheasant at Buckland – comes from 16th century local landowner the Earl of Arundel. “The Earl complained bitterly about the poaching of pheasants on his estate”, she said. “Apparently this greatly displeased him, but no doubt helped nourish the local community.”
New manager Tamsyn Armishaw is looking forward to taking over the reins:
“I’m very excited to be moving to The Pheasant shortly to oversee the final detail and to opening its doors once again on the 10 December.
Christmas is such a lovely time to welcome customers old and new.”
Brunning and Price has over 40 pub restaurants, including the Black Jug in Horsham, the White Hart in Chipstead and the Refectory in Godalming. Graham Price, an ex-Reigate Grammar School pupil and a former player at Old Reigatian RFC, co-founded the firm over 30 years ago.