Our clients, the landlord of a rural pub, approached us with a series of problems that a traditional historical pub faces in a community that is developing faster than the business can keep up with. The proposal for The White Horse Pub in Hascombe was to create a popular destination country pub that caters for locals, walkers and cyclists in a village that would greatly benefit from a new multifunctional community centre.
As it stands, the existing business of the pub is struggling to survive and is under strain under its current traditional model. The client is aware that in order to survive the facility needs to evolve and diversify into a number of functions to offer alternative spaces and become an asset to the community.
There is an existing demand for more accommodation in the area for visiting guests, while a place for the public to meet that offers a variety of facilities and spaces.
The brief was for a full refurbishment of the existing buildings with additional new modern interventions, designed to respect and harmonise with the existing vernacular. Working closely with the client and stakeholders, the concept developed to incorporate a new bar with internal and external seating, a new fine dining restaurant, overnight accommodation and new landscaped external spaces.