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3 January 2020

2020 is getting off to a good start for Kibworth Beauchamp with work scheduled to begin on a £200,000 refurbishment of the historic Railway Arms on Railway Street.

The iconic pub closes from 6th January for the revamp by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars and its new operator, Wigston born-and-bred Andrew Bolley, who took over The Railway Arms in the spring of 2019. The project will transform the pub into a great quality, family-friendly local and introduce homemade food. Work is expected to take four weeks, and the pub is scheduled to reopen in mid-February.

Named after the adjacent railway, The Railway Arms is believed to date back to the years after Kibworth station was built in 1857. The investment will renovate and repaint the exterior so The Railway Arms is an attractive focal point of the village centre once again. The pub’s dilapidated skittle alley will be demolished and replaced with a stunning 60-seat garden. Billed to be one of the best beer gardens in the area, it will have a new patio, planting, furniture and festoon lighting.

The interior refurbishment will sympathetically decorate and upgrade the pub throughout, making it more comfortable and welcoming. Features such as the old-fashioned oak bar and open fire will be retained and restored along with railway memorabilia from bygone days. As well as installing new toilets, the work will refit the kitchen to enable Andrew to bring in food. The freshly prepared menu will focus on traditional pub favourites and use produce from nearby Leicestershire farms. An extended drinks range will span cask and craft beers, premium spirits, carefully selected wines and coffee.

Andrew aims to make The Railway a hub of local life and the plans include regular entertainment and events, as well as new high-spec screens showing major sporting fixtures.

Says Andrew, who also operates The Wheel Inn at Oadby: “The Railway Arms is a beautiful old building but it’s tired and in need of TLC. There’s been lots of speculation about its future. I want to broaden its appeal, bring it back to life and make it an asset to the village. I’ve got many friends living in Kibworth Beauchamp; it’s a great place with a real community spirit. I feel very fortunate to have found a pub here.”

Adds Star Pubs & Bars’ operations director for the Midlands, Paul Linton: “Andrew is a highly experienced licensee, who knows and cares about the local area. We’re delighted to be investing with him to revive The Railway Arms’ fortunes and to give local residents many more reasons to visit. With all the new homes in the area, there is a real demand for great pubs in Kibworth Beauchamp.”