Vision to restore historic Toby Carvery pub and iconic sign 'to former glory'

Community leaders have revealed efforts are being ramped up to restore a historic pub and its iconic sign back 'to their former glory'. It comes after concerns have been raised over the condition of The Plough, in Endon, and its huge mural.

Now local councillor Joe Porter has confirmed a 'positive and productive meeting' has taken place with the venue and Toby Carvery over 'preserving the building for future generations'. In May last year the Leek Road carvery closed for three days to allow for a 'spruce up' following criticism over the landmark building's condition.

At one point Endon with Stanley Parish Council had said the Grade-II listed building's appearance presented a 'very poor image of Toby Inns to the public'. Villagers had also called on pub giant Mitchells and Butlers, which owns the Toby Carvery chain, to carry out works to fix the venue, which dates back to the early 1800s.

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Mr Porter, who represents Endon and Brown Edge on Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, says work will be carried out to identify any funding to restore the landmark building.

He said: "We have had a very positive and productive meeting with The Plough and representatives from Toby Carvery about preserving the building for future generations. The beautiful Grade-II listed building and iconic mural, one of the largest in the country, are a vital part of our Endon community and have important heritage value we must protect. We will be working together between Toby Carvery, Mitchells & Butlers, and the parish, district and county council, and local residents to secure funding where we can to restore the building and mural to their former glory. We're delighted to get behind this important local business in our community."


In response, residents said the onus should be on the firm to find the cash to revitalise the venue - with money not coming from the taxpayer.

Mr Porter added: "I appreciate and understand some of the comments about the importance of the company investing and looking after the building. That's exactly why working together between community, councils, residents and the business is the best approach. It is absolutely the responsibility of the business, but as a community we also need to support our local businesses and work together to protect community and heritage assets.

"Having personally met Sam and her team, I can say that they are a very passionate and dedicated team who care about Endon and making The Plough a successful pub and community hub. They have worked hard behind the scenes in the last few years to improve things and as a local councillor I always want to do everything I can to support local businesses throughout our community.

"I really hope we can all work in the best interests of the local community in this matter. We're lucky to have four great pubs across Brown Edge and Endon and that's quite rare these days in any community. We need to get behind and support all four pubs and all our other local businesses too."

StokeonTrentLive has contacted Mitchells and Butlers which had no further comment to add.

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