Martin's Arms in Colston Bassett closes for revamp

The doors of one of Nottinghamshire's most attractive country pubs are currently closed while refurbishment work is carried out. The ivy-clad Martin's Arms is located in Colston Bassett, which was named in the Telegraph's 54 poshest villages in Britain list in 2022 and 2023.

A former regular Geoff Hunter took over the pub last year after the retirement of long-term owners of more than 30 years, Lynne Strafford Bryan and Jack Inguanta. Moleface Pubs - which operates The Wollaton and the Larwood and Voce in West Bridgford - stepped in to run the business for a short time but stood down at the beginning of July.

A notice on the website says: "We would like to inform our loyal customers that we are closed while we carry out refurbishment works on our kitchens and toilets. Information about our expected opening date will appear here when we know the extent of the works.

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"We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period and look forward to welcoming you to a new and improved Martin's Arms."

Towards the end of last year the upper floor rooms, which had been used as residential accommodation for the previous owners, were converted into guest rooms for anyone wanting an overnight stay.

The pub, in School Lane, was once an old Elizabethan farmhouse. It has always prided itself on a refined menu that has been honoured by some of the biggest names in food and pub guides - Egon Ronay, Sawday's, the Good Pub Guide and up until 2021 had a recommendation from the prestigious foodie bible Michelin.