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Those driving to the Touchwood Centre this weekend may have noticed that the corner site on the Warwick Road which was once The Lazy Cow, and where there's been a pub since the 18th century, has had its 660sqm footprint surrounded by protective hoardings. When that screen comes down in about ten weeks' time, this landmark building, now The Beech House, will have been radically altered, and if the drawings of the refurbishment are anything to go by, those visiting or living in Solihull are in for a treat.
The business is to be the first opening for Hunky Dory Pubs - a new joint venture between the multi award winning Oakman Inns & Restaurants and the UK's leading pub company, Enterprise Inns. The Beech House will include all the innovative design and menu features for which Oakman has become recognised over the last decade.
Open all day for drinks and food, the front bar will extend into a new landscape outdoor seating area, perfect for those who want a break from the hurly burly of shopping. The enlarged restaurant will seat up to 120 and at the heart of The Beech House's food offer lies the UK's first double-sided Josper oven with its unique method of charcoal cooking, together with a traditional hand-built wood fried Italian Clay Pizza oven.
There are big plans for the outside space too: "We have commissioned Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden designer, Kate Gould, to create a new City Garden that will incorporate an al fresco bar and outside dining area," said General Manager, Dan Dawson. "We are also creating a completely new function space for up to 120 guests on the upper level with a double tepee and a bar recyled from a former shipping container."
Recruitment has already begun locally to fill the 40 new positions to complete the 60-strong complement of Beech House staff for the opening in August. Oakman Inns' success story is largely due to its motivated, enthusiastic team, which is supported by an industry-leading training and employment policy designed to encourage career development. The company has won a host of awards for its employee engagement and for the last two years the company has been recognised in 'The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.' In addition, each of its restaurants has achieved the highest possible Three Star sustainability rating from The Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Oakman has also won many industry accolades for its work in the communities in which their pubs operate and Solihull is no exception. The Beech House will be supporting Solihull Summer Fest 2016 at Tudor Grange Park over August Bank Holiday (27th & 28th August)
Left to Right: General Manager Dan Dawson, Trainee Assistant Manger Kristie Paton and Assistant Manager Matteo Ungaro
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