A rural gastropub owned by England cricketers Harry Gurney and Stuart Broad will reopen next month – a year after it was gutted by fire. Some £1.3 million has been spent renovating The Tap & Run, in Upper Broughton, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, after it was destroyed by the blaze which started in a tumble dryer.
The 2021 Leicestershire Pub of the Year is set to reopen its doors to the public on Monday, June 26. The owners – who run a business called the The Cat & Wickets Pub Company – said they were delighted that most of the original Tap and Run team will be returning, under the management of Jack Whitehead, Anna Mooney and Laura Symington.
The Cat & Wickets Pub Company also owns The Griffin Inn, in Swithland, Leicestershire.
Group managing director and former Notts and Leicestershire player Harry Gurney said: “We are really looking forward to opening our doors once again and welcoming guests back to the Tap & Run.
“A large team of people have worked really hard on the pub’s restoration and renovation. While it was devastating to have to close our doors due to the fire, it has given us an unexpected opportunity to make some improvements which we know our customers will be delighted with.”
Stuart Broad: “The pub was performing really well when we had to unfortunately close our doors. We are so excited to get back to doing what we do best – delivering outstanding customer service.”
Avril Gurney, a director of the pub company, said: “Guests can expect a fresh look and feel to the pub.
“The layout is similar to before, but with a more spacious bar area due to the reduced size of the bar. This allows for some more casual dining and drinking space. Additional fixed seating provides more comfortable dining spaces throughout the pub.”
The business has worked with interior designers Sarum Design to give the Tap & Run a new look and feel ahead of its relaunch, “inspired by the lush countryside around it”.