Lloyds Bank to fund development of South Wales’ oldest pub

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UK: The Royal Mineral Water Hospital in Bath will be transformed into a new luxury hotel as overseen by its owners, Fragrance Group.

Acquiring the site back in October 2016, former Swansea RFC player, Steffan Jones, along with his father Jeff, have spent the past three years renovating the property.

Re-opening as a 120-seat wedding venue, phase one of the renovation is now complete. This included a modern extension of the building to accommodate a larger dining capacity of more than 180 covers.

With additional funding from Lloyds Bank, further developments are underway to create seven boutique hotel rooms for holidaymakers.

"This pub has always been popular, but it needed a lot of modernisation to ensure it was a fitting destination for people visiting and staying in the stunning Llynfi Valley setting that surrounds it," Jones remarked. "It's a true privilege and great encouragement to see people enjoying it again as we look to build out our marquee wedding and boutique hotel business in the future."

Daniel Phillips, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: "The re-opening of The Old House 1147 is the result of years of hard work and dedication from Steffan and his family. As well as raising significant funding, they've delivered the majority of the renovation work themselves, while meeting the government's heritage standards for such a historic building."

Phillips continued: "We're looking forward to supporting the future growth of the business as part of our commitment to help Britain prosper, which has seen us pledge £1.1 billion to support Welsh businesses this year."

The Old House Inn has a long and distinguished history. The centuries-old tradition of the Mari Lwyd - a folk custom entailing the procession of a decorated hobby horse - is brought to the pub every New Year's Eve.

It has also enjoyed a high profile over the years, winning the UK's Best Whiskey Pub in 2001 and boasting celebrity patrons like Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and David Bowie.


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