Work starts to transform historic Gloucestershire pub now under ownership of Julian Dunkerton’s Lucky Onion group

Work is underway to transform a historic pub which was recently snapped up by entrepreneur Julian Dunkerton, who added it to his growing business portfolio.

The Superdry co-founder was revealed as the buyer of The Crown Inn at Minchinhampton back in September 2018, a stone’s throw away from the royal residence of Gatcombe.

The pub has been shut for more than six years, but it is now part of Mr Dunkerton’s Lucky Onion group.

A letter recently sent to resident revealed work started on the handsome Georgian building on March 11.

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In the letter, addressed to residents from BB Contracts, the manager outlined works will be undertaken in a way that will affect local residents as little as possible.

The letter, which was posted on Facebook, states:

“I am writing to you to introduce BB Contracts Limited…whom is responsible for the alteration and refurbishment of The Crown Inn, 11 High Street, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, GL6 9BN.

“During the time that the above works are being undertaken, we will endeavour to ensure that the whole process is as “neighbour friendly” as we can make it.

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Minchinhampton and cross looking up High Street

“Reassurance on noise, dust, traffic, parking and smoking etc.

“The initial phase being the external repairs to the property and will be commencing Monday March 11.

“The Client and Construction Teams are fully aware and cognisant of the neighbourhood concerns relevant to this project.

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“Every care and attention will be taken in order to minimise disruption and maintain good working relationships with the local community and immediate neighbours.

“Communication will be regular and two-way and be actioned in a courteous and professional manner at all time.

“We will take all steps possible to ensure that the protection of the public is maintained at all times.

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Lucky Onion Group recently opened Gin & Juice in Cheltenham, adjacent to No. 131

Other establishments part of the Lucky Onion Group include No. 131, No. 38 The Park, The Tavern and Gin & Juice.

The Wild Duck near Cirencester and The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach also belong and have proved popular with locals and visitors alike.

News of the acquisition, confirmed by Simon Witney who headed up a community group who hoped to buy The Crown, capped a busy summer for Mr Dunkerton in 2018.

In 2014 The Crown Inn was part of the backdrop of the TV adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy starring Keeley Hawes.

She was seen having a drink in Market Square when filming took place.

In the past it has hosted gatherings for numerous societies, including a folk club plus the Minchinhampton Country Fayre.

 

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