'Significant investment' for Stoke-on-Trent pub that's shutting for months

Hem Heath Hungry Horse
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Drinkers and diners will need to seek out alternatives as a popular pub prepares to shut this month ready for a 'significant investment'. The Hem Heath, in Trentham, will stay closed until the 'Autumn' while the improvements are carried out.

It comes as the Greene King-owned venue had submitted plans to the city council seeking permission to create a new garden room, smoking shelter and buggy park as part of a major transformation. StokeonTrentLive reported in March how the eatery, off Sir Stanley Matthews Way, was also seeking consent for various external works including replacement entrance porches, timber cladding and window awnings.

Now Greene King has confirmed it will close on July 16 to allow for a 'significant investment' to be ploughed into the venue. It represents more improvements at the pub and restaurant.

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StokeonTrentLive reported back in August 2017 how £250,000 was pumped into it, which saw new floors and seats and its old play area has been replaced with a landscaped garden. Six huge televisions were also put in for football fans.

Now it is ready to undergo another makeover.

A letter submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City Council as part of the application stated: "The proposals will enable the public house and grounds to be updated, modernised and maintained to meet present-day operational and customer demands. The proposed works will enable significant investment into the continued use as of the facility as a public house, ensuring its retention and enhancement as a local community facility and its long-term sustainability."

Greene King has not confirmed any reopening date.

A spokesperson told StokeonTrentLive: "The Hem Heath pub will temporarily close on July 16 as we will undergo a significant investment to the site. We have many other pubs just a short distance from Hem Heath, including Brindley Farm, Chatterley Whitfield and the Polite Vicar. We look forward to continuing to welcome new and returning guests into our pub later this autumn.”

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