Bedford pub reopens after facelift

Roland and Kay Keech at The Castle.
Roland and Kay Keech at The Castle.

A Bedford town centre pub is reopening this week after a facelift.

Licensees Kay and Roland Keech closed the doors of The Castle in Newnham Street in January to give the bar and guest rooms a complete makeover.

Roland said: “We want to make The Castle a great traditional local pub for the community and although we are in the centre of town, are looking to create a real village pub feel.

“The Castle dates back to the 19th Century and we wanted to create a contemporary feel mixed with the tradition and atmosphere of a good old-fashioned English pub.

“During the works we also uncovered some old gold writing when the painters rubbed down the front of the building so we’ve restored that as a nod to The Castle’s history.

“All the work is now complete and Kay and I are delighted to welcome all our customers old and new to The Castle and see what they think of the new-look”.

They took on the Charles Wells pub in July 2013 and set about transforming it into a great family run community pub.

Kay brought a wealth of experience to The Castle having worked for Bedford-based Charles Wells Pub Company for more than 20 years, and the pair have already made their mark by introducing a series of new events including live music and the popular ‘homemade pie night’.

The five ensuite accommodation rooms at the pub have also been fittingly renamed after famous British Castles. There are the Edinburgh, Warwick, Windsor and Berkeley rooms, and of course, the Bedford room which is named after the castle which once stood near the site of the pub.

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