May 6, 2021
A stone’s throw from Stoke, Congleton and Crewe, this is a Listed Building, constructed in 1936 as an interwar “improved” pub featuring many details such as the spectacular thatched roof, adzed timbers, stained glass and decorative tiling. Many of these features remain and have been incorporated into the design together with new interventions that work sympathetically with them.
New internal details have taken a cue from the original historical features and work alongside them in a harmonious juxtaposition of old and new, enhancing the character and atmosphere of the pub. Externally the scheme involved the addition of new lawned seating areas and paved terrace and an enhanced entrance and rear extension. Improved customer experience and flow through the building have been achieved while retaining the essential character of the host building.
The pub’s quirky name stems from a local legend that in the late 12th or early 13th century Adam de Lauton was given land by the Earl of Chester in return for rescuing him from attack by a wounded wolf.
Completed on time and on budget within 12 weeks and a total cost of around £800k, the refurbishment has received plaudits for the improved customer flow and experience. The enhanced external areas have re-opened first, with the interior spaces following as government guidance on hospitality permit.