A PUB on the outskirts of Chester is to reopen its doors fully next week, for the first time in more than three months, with a new look and new management.

The Swan in Tarporley, one of Cheshire’s most iconic pubs that dates back to 1565, is welcoming back customers in line with the Government’s relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions.

The pub, which has been an integral part of the community for over 400 years, has benefited from new management and a programme of redecoration and refurbishment over the lockdown period. It will be officially opening its doors at noon on Tuesday, July 7.

The team will be offering a comprehensive range of drinks, light lunches as well as evening meals from 5pm. There will also be new measures in place to ensure the safety of customers and to reflect the latest government guidelines regarding social distancing.

The Swan is under new management with Woody Barlow, a proven operator with more than 20 years hospitality experience, now leading the team.

Simon and Chrissy Lees-Jones remain owners, with both taking an active interest in the pub’s offering and engagement with the community.

Woody said: “We can’t wait to open our doors again and to welcome the community back. The pub has been an integral part of the village for centuries and we are keen to once again provide a safe place for people to eat, drink and catch up with friends.

“The team has worked hard during the lockdown period to provide take away meals for the community, redecorate and to introduce new measures to help protect and reassure customers. We can now look forward to seeing old friends again in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”

During the lockdown period, The Swan continued to support the community by offering a range of take-out meals and drinks, a service it will continue to offer to those still unable to visit.

The team is also working on a programme of redecoration that will enhance the pub’s characterful Georgian features while keeping to its coaching inn roots.