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Pub Stuff range creates contemporary cosy feel for historic pub

An historic village pub and restaurant in Oxfordshire has had new life breathed into it after leading hospitality furniture supplier Pub Stuff Ltd helped to revitalise the interior with a fresh, new look.

The Duck on the Pond in South Newington, near Banbury, had last undergone a renovation 12 years ago, so landlady of the Pub, Kathryn O’Neill was keen to bring it up to date.

“As you can imagine, after 12 years of the same look, things were starting to look a little dated,” she said. “I felt that there was too much wood in the pub and restaurant and I wanted to create a contemporary yet traditional look that our clientele would appreciate.  We cater for all ages, so it was important to get the look and feel just right.”

Kathryn had commissioned Pub Stuff to provide pub furniture and furnishings for the pub and restaurant when she first took over the running of The Duck on the Pond in 2003 and had been impressed with the longevity and quality of the items.

It meant she had no hesitation in contacting Pub Stuff again when she made the decision to refurbish.

“I love the fact that Pub Stuff is a local business because it’s always good to support those companies who are nearby, so I contacted them first,” she said. “Thankfully, because we weren’t carrying out any building work this time round so I was able to put all my efforts into thinking about the look I wanted and choose the furniture styles, colours and fabrics. It’s just as well: I was amazed when I saw how big the range is now!”

After carefully reviewing the options with the interior design experts from Pub Stuff, Kathryn chose a range of farmhouse-style dining tables, comfy dining chairs and sofas.

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These were complemented by premium quality soft oak Luigi chairs, which were upholstered in a range of hard-wearing complementary fabrics – mainly granite, oatmeal and browns – that offer a traditional look with a contemporary twist.

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She also chose chunky rectangle and square farmhouse dining tables in Pub Stuff's soft oak colour, plus a set of comfy chairs for the bar and restaurant area.

The pub was closed in November for three weeks while the work went ahead.

“The result was fantastic and the response from customers has been extremely positive – they love the colours and the brightness,” said Kathryn. “The combination works really well because there aren’t many high back chairs, which has opened out the space. I’ve been told that the interior looks bigger now.”

Sally Huband, Pub Stuff director, said: “Kathryn was clear from the outset about the look she wanted for this beautiful village pub: comfort and elegance.

“Our solid wood dining chairs and chunky restaurant tables fitted the bill perfectly because they provide a homely and cosy feel yet complement the historic interior.  The result is an incredibly elegant dining area for the pub.

“Using soft oak colour gives a honeyed warmth to the room and are a stunning contrast from the beams on the ceiling, while the mix and match contract fabrics are ideal because they help to create a very modern take on the country cottage style and add layers of richness, which is homely and informal."

Kathryn adds: “We were confident that Pub Stuff would deliver exactly what we wanted and we were thrilled to see how fantastic the new tables and chairs looked when we arranged them for the first time.

“There’s always a fine balance to be achieved when updating an historic pub like this because it is absolutely essential to maintain the integrity of the building but ensure that your customers can enjoy relaxing and informal surroundings.  Working with the Pub Stuff team enabled us to achieve just the look we were after.”

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