Sulgrave’s pub has been given a facelift and a new lease of life – with a little help from a special Banbury project.
The Star Inn looks forward to the autumn as a revitalised attraction with a new restaurant and a special atmosphere.
Its refreshed, themed dining room has been given a special touch by Second Time Around, a furniture workshop in Beaumont Close which gives work opportunities to adults with learning difficulties.
“We have provided most of the tables and chairs and painted them in the colour scheme chosen by Sophie Hilton, a designer who is one of the partners in the pub,” said Second Time Around’s project leader Nathan Wallis.
The Star has a shining future with its new team. While tenant and head chef Sue Hilton offers a tempting menu, including a speciality fish section, her son Sam and daughter Sophie’s partner Christian West run front of house. Second head chef Julie Suddaby adds her skills to the mix.
As well as the refurbished restaurant, the pub has a bar with a wood-burning stove, and the team has spent the summer reclaiming a large garden and installing outdoor furniture which has doubled the size of eating accommodation in good weather.
“The menus will change regularly and there are always specials. Our meats come from Brackley Butchers and vegetables from a Moreton Pinkney farm,” said Ms Hilton.
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