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The New Brewers

2nd of September 1998

Since it re-opened on 27 July, The Two Brewers has been inundated by thousands of customers, curious to see what the restored premises are like, testing the beer, sampling the wine and trying the food. On the Sunday evening before it officially opened, dozens of neighbours living round The Common and in The Street enjoyed a preview of the premises and a drink by special invitation from landlords Frederic and Julia Dubois.
Great care has been taken with the restoration as The Two Brewers is a listed building and advisers from English Heritage were involved throughout the work. So far, 99% of customers have passed favourable comments on the extensive restoration work and the new layout of the premises, although some have mourned the passing of the lounge with its armchairs. The four-month restoration has opened up the entire ground floor making room for 29 tables which can accommodate 150 people. There are also extra tables outside and in the central courtyard. An additional fireplace has been opened so there are now five open fires, which is why the pub is adult orientated and no longer suitable for customers with young children.
The lack of a lounge is the reason why The Two Brewers can no longer be “officially” described as a hotel, although it has 20 completely refurbished bedrooms for guests. The conference room on the first floor overlooking The Common has all mod. cons. (ISDN and modem lines, large screen TV/video, etc.) is air-conditioned and seats 14-16 delegates comfortably. Food is served all day, every day, including Sunday, from 11am until about 9pm, although the bar stays open until 11pm. The extensive menu offers ten starters, twenty-four main courses plus desserts as well as a selection of snacks, which include cream tea. Main courses range from ham and eggs and steak and kidney pudding to chefs specials. All food is cooked to order from fresh ingredients so there can be a considerable delays, particularly at busy times when the kitchen is working at full tilt. As a Frenchman, Frederic Dubois is particularly interested in and knowledgeable about wine although he will also be introducing guest beers, which will change every two to three weeks. Both Frederic and his wife Julia have had many years experience in the trade and have come to Chipperfield from Bolton although both have previously worked in the south of England. They have been delighted by the warm welcome they have received from the village and the support and interest residents have shown in the new Two Brewers.

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