Pub to get a facelift ahead of reopening

The Coach and Horses in Warwick Street.
The Coach and Horses in Warwick Street.

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.”