Landlords Emily Phipps and Richard Crouch with son Reggie. Picture: Paul Tibbs

The new landlords of the Angel in Watlington have relaunched the pub following a £250,000 refurbishment.

Emily Phipps and Richard Crouch welcomed guests to a celebratory party last week.

“It has been a massive project and there isn’t anything that has remained the same since we took over,” said Miss Phipps, who will run the bar while Mr Crouch, a chef with 29 years’ experience, will manage the catering.

The couple have given the pub a complete make-over, including structural work, decoration and furniture.

The outside has been painted, new signs and windows have been fitted, the garden has been landscaped and new children’s play equipment is due to be delivered this week.

And more than £17,000 has been invested in new kitchen equipment to bolster the catering offer.

“We have gone down the route of a really local menu,” said Miss Phipps. “We have got some really great local suppliers.”

Diners can also buy locally-grown vegetables, used on the menu, from a produce stall in the pub.

The couple have run pubs elsewhere in the country and have moved from Leicestershire to take over the Angel.

The venture marks a return home to West Norfolk for Mr Crouch, who was raised in Terrington St Celement.

Miss Phipps, who is due to give birth to the couple’s second child in seven weeks’ time, added: “Richard has family in the area and this is where we want to bring our children up.

“We see our business remaining here for a long period of time.”

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