The Wynnstay Arms pub and hotel situated in Ruabon, Wrexham has re-opened its doors and said “croeso” to regulars and locals. The substantial investment has transformed the Grade II listed pub and given it back to the community, with the re-opening creating over 30 new jobs in the area.
Closing in October 2017, the pub’s refurbishment was one of the most significant in Robinsons’ recent history due to the scale of the project and the historic importance of the pub.
William Robinson, Managing Director (Pub Division) for Robinsons Brewery said: “The Wynnstay Arms is a wonderful example of a pub at the heart of the community, and we wanted to make sure that the new refurbishment continued the rich history of this pub.”
The pub, which dates back to the late 18th century, was a former coaching inn which belonged to the Wynnstay Estate.
The new design incorporates a sympathetic nod to the rich history of the pub, whilst delivering an up-to-date fresh country house feel and design to the main trading areas. The bar area is adorned with snippets of the Wynnstay’s history that include, old framed newspaper clippings, local photographs, exposed original timber and brick framed walls, oak beams, and reclaimed parquet floors all brought together with the use of archive floral prints, antique rugs and a heritage colour pallet.
The main trading area of the pub has been reconfigured dramatically with the bar servery slotted into the pub’s former main corridor. The public areas have been opened to allow a better customer flow with a new layout that has maintained a cosy feel centred around reclaimed open fires where guests can enjoy a pint of the finest beer or experience great food. The new bar will continue to serve a rotating range of Robinsons’ award-winning cask ales along with premium lagers, including the local Wrexham Lager, craft beers, spirits, and wines.
The Wynnstay Arms’ new menu celebrates mouth-watering pub classics, with favourites such as freshly made beer battered fish and chips, pie of the day and the delicious Bwydlyn pork sausages with mash taking prominent pride of place. The pub’s traditional roasts will continue to be served every Sunday from noon, with a large selection of meats to choose from alongside tasty vegetarian options.
The guest bedrooms have undergone a complete transformation whilst retaining the pubs historic character. In addition to the 8 existing bedrooms, an additional 4 new rooms have been created including a universal access room and adjoining guest bedroom, in part of the pub’s old stables, and 3 new bedrooms in the former ballroom. The new rooms join the existing refurbished bedrooms which include the pub’s iconic four poster bedroom, a spacious family room and 3 dog-friendly bedrooms; all of which promise the perfect haven to relax and unwind after a busy day of exploring North Wales.
Downstairs, the pub’s large function room, named by The Wynnstay Arms’ Facebook fans as ‘The Eagle Suite’ – a nod to the inn’s eagle signage and emblem – has been transformed with a contemporary look. The room, which can hold over 100 people, is already proving popular with bookings for weddings, funerals and celebrations filling up the diary, even before the pub reopened.
Trevor Roberts, General Manager for the Wynnstay Arms said: “We are really proud of the new look and changes to the Wynnstay Arms and I am looking forward to serving the community of Ruabon for many years to come. On behalf of the team I want to thank everyone, including local pubs and businesses, for all their support during the closure and invite all customers, old and new, to come and see the new look. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back.”
William Robinson continued: “We are delighted to see the Wynnstay Arms once again serving the community of Ruabon and the greater regions. We know with the investment into the pub, and Ruabon as a whole, that the Wynnstay Arms will continue to be a popular destination for many years to come.”