Richmond pub reopens after £150,000 refurbishment

The Bishop Blaize in Richmond is reopening today after a £150,000 refurbishment.

The pub, which is owned by Admiral Taverns, has undergone a “transformational refurbishment”.

Work has been done on the exterior. There is also a new bar, new interior decto, a refurbished function room and games room.Licensees Tracey and Mark Hook are taking on their first long term lease with Admiral, having managed pubs in the local area for the past 15 years.

In addition to the refurbishment, the pub is also launching a brand-new food menu, which includes burgers, pub classics, sharing platters, a Sunday carvery, an OAPs menu and a children’s menu.

The launch night tonight will offer locals the chance to sample the new food, and the team will be putting on some “dazzling” entertainment to help the evening go with a bang.

The pub company says the new games room will feature pool tables and darts boards and the pub is hoping to start a local team for both.

There will also be live sports matches shown, fortnightly quiz nights, rock and roll bingo, karaoke and weekly yoga which will take place in the function room.

Tracey said: “We’re delighted to have taken on the Bishop Blaize which looks fantastic following the refurbishment.

“Having lived locally I’ve always thought the pub has huge potential and we really want to make it the place to go in Richmond, whatever your occasion.

“With our new food menu, drinks offer and sizzling entertainment plan we have something for everyone and are really looking forward to seeing the locals come down to our launch evening.”

Admiral Taverns’ business manager Gary Stafford said: “The Bishop Blaize looks fantastic following the refurbishment and I’d like to congratulate Tracey, Mark and the team on all their hard work.

“They both have so much passion for the pub and we’re delighted they have taken on a long-term tenancy.

“They have a very strong vision for the Bishop Blaize, which has seen it turned back into a great asset for the community. I’d thoroughly recommend a visit.”

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