Pub to get a facelift ahead of reopening

The Coach and Horses in Warwick Street.
The Coach and Horses in Warwick Street.
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The Coach and Horses pub on Warwick Street, Daventry is to open its doors once more under new management – and a new name.

The former coaching house, soon to be renamed The Stables, closed last year. Now, following its acquisition by Punch Taverns, a new set of landlords aim to turn the business around. Dan Filippi is a mixologist and general manager at Kingfisher, a family-own company that attempted to revive Long Buckby’s Old Kings Head in 2013.

He said that The Stables, which is being completely refurbished, will aim to provide a New York themed alternative to Daventry’s sports bars and pubs, with real ale, gastro-pub style food and a full complement of inventive cocktails.

“We want to be a bit different,” Mr Filippi said. “I think there is room for a gastro-pub with a bit of class.”

“A lot of people go out of Daventry as far as Ashby St Ledgers to go to a nice pub.

“We want to change that. We aim to re-educate Daventry and get this town drinking great cocktails once again. We aim to offer impeccable service standards and attentiveness from a team who love what they do. Our team are family and career driven as opposed to staff trying to hold a job!”

The new landlord repeatedly stressed that while he would be trying to take the Coach and Horses in a new direction, he aimed to preserve everything that made the pub a past favourite among locals.

The main dining area will sit around 30 people, with a large courtyard and beer garden, as well as a shabby-chic style function hall for weddings and other special occasions.

The opening will also see the creation of eight jobs, including a full-time chef.

A spokesman for Punch Taverns, said: “The pub is due to re-open on October 24 and we are sure that customers will be impressed by what the pub will have to offer.”