A 19th century pub in Wokingham reopened on Monday following a £2.1m restoration.

The Rose Inn now serves a modern combination of cocktails, beer, coffee and three course meals in a setting that retains its original wooden floor, ancient beams and reinstated fireplace.

Town mayor Tony Lack thanked the Oakman Group, who also own the Royal Foresters near Bracknell, for investing in the Grade II listed pub since 2019.

High Steward of Wokingham Lucy Zeal said: “It was a pleasure to attend the launch party of The Rose Inn and to welcome this newly renovated pub, bar and restaurant to Wokingham.

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“I am certain it will be hugely popular with its extensive offering of food and refreshments, in a variety of settings, that are available throughout the day.

“There is something for everyone and I look forward to returning with my family.”

Some parts of the original site date back to the 16th century, with the building and courtyard once part of Wokingham’s historic Burgage Plot.

The main dining area is in the former courtyard, with a glass roof to maintain an al fresco illusion, complete with Wokingham’s Funky Flowers hanging from the ceiling.

From there, guests can watch the chefs in an open theatre-style kitchen.

The pub features a secret garden including a heated, weather-proof pagoda and inside an oak staircase leads to the formerly derelict first floor where private events can now be held.

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General manager Will Upton said: “The renovation has been an amazing voyage of discovery and we’ve been overwhelmed by the warmth and enthusiastic support we’ve received from the local community especially over the last few weeks.

“We have a fabulous team here who want to complement our beautiful building with the highest standards of food, drinks and service.

“We are also looking forward to getting involved with Wokingham’s annual events and other activities.”