Grade II listed Old King's Head Pub at Kirton to reopen next month after extensive restoration
A pub at the heart of a village for centuries is to reopen in a different capacity thanks to fundraising and grants.
The 16th Century Old King's Head Pub at Kirton will be reopening its doors next month following support from Heritage Lincolnshire and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Enough money was raised to purchase the Grade II listed building and carry out extensive restoration works.
The building work has been ongoing since February 2019 but, with covid delaying building works, the completion date was put back.
Now fully restored to its former glory, the Old King’s Head has been transformed into a luxury four-star nine-bed B&B, café and community room.
It has individually-designed rooms full of character and history.
Previous owners of the inn have been remembered in the B&B room names, with the Wyberd Room paying homage to the first owner John Wyberd — whose family built it before 1599 as a coaching inn called The Swan.
The Old King’s Head has been used as an inn, public house, hotel and family home by its previous owners and will once again serve the people of Kirton and travellers in need of rest and refreshment.
Alongside the B&B, the Old King’s Head also features a café offering fresh, home-made meals and afternoon tea for visitors to the area.
The community room provides a flexible space for meetings, conferences as well as local events or celebrations available for hire.
For visitors who want to explore the village of Kirton, the Old King’s Head offers hour-long tours led by Heritage Lincolnshire volunteers.
Visitors can discover the unique history of Kirton village as well as the Old King’s Head, including stories from over its lifetime.
Hannah Thompson, business manager for Heritage Lincolnshire who has been supporting the project, said: “It is wonderful to be a part of such a beautiful restoration. The building has such a rich history and holds a lot of memories for the village of Kirton.
“We are thankful to the volunteers who have also worked so hard learning about Kirton so that they can engage visitors with brilliant tours of the Old King’s Head and surrounding historic village.
“We hope that residents of Kirton, as well as visitors, will enjoy the new café in the main building and use the community room as a space for leisure and recreational activities.
“The funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other organisations has meant that we were able to complete this restoration to the highest standard. From the wonderful building renovation and stable block conversion to heritage-inspired sage green windows and traditional themed décor in the rooms, we hope that visitors can appreciate the charm of the Old King’s Head as we have brought it back to life.”
The Old King’s Head will be open to the public on October 1 and visitors and residents will be able to relax while enjoying a unique piece of history.