Renovation breathes new life into historic village pub

Left to right: Nikki Bryan, consultancy partner, TMDP Group; Stephen Fitzpatrick, proprietor and head chef, The George; and Scott Moore, managing partner at TMDP Group review the plans

Architectural design and construction specialists TMDP Group has nearly completed an extensive renovation project that will see new life breathed into one of Leicestershire’s oldest public houses.

The George at Great Oxendon near Market Harborough is undergoing a major transformation, and when its doors open in the next few weeks, the traditional village pub will also be home to a new restaurant with eight boutique hotel bedrooms.

TMDP was commissioned by The George’s new owners Stephen and Tracy Fitzpatrick, who already own the Michelin rated The Joiners Arms in Bruntingthorpe, to produce designs that retained the historic character and charm of the original 16th century building, whilst adding a modern and creative twist.

Scott Moore, managing partner, TMDP Group, said: “This has been a fantastic project for TMDP to work on, especially as it is a ‘turn-key’ commission in our home county.

“So many old pubs and the land they stand in are being sold off to provide housing, which really does take the heart out of village life, so it’s a pleasure to work with Stephen and Tracy to revitalise The George, and to help them stamp their extremely successful mark on what I’m sure will be a superb pub, restaurant and inn”.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, proprietor and head chef (chef patron) at The George, added: “We are now in the final throes of The George’s renovation, which for the whole team is very exciting. Our state of the art kitchen is currently being fitted and we are putting together the menus ready for the doors to open in the autumn.

“We’ve worked closely with the TMDP team over the past eighteen months to completely transform The George into a stylish pub, restaurant and hotel, and we are delighted with the outcome so far.

“With just three months to go until launch, it’s ‘all systems go’ to create, what we hope will be a jewel in the crown of Leicestershire. Together with our dedicated staff we aim to replicate the success of The Joiners Arms and provide our guests with an experience they will want to repeat time and again”.

The George is due for completion towards the end of October 2016.