09:17AM, Tuesday 01 December 2015
A rebranded Windsor pub has opened after a three month closure for refurbishment.
The Queen Charlotte in Church Lane, previously The Blarney Stone, was officially opened on Friday following a £500,000 investment from Oak Taverns and Punch.
To mark the opening, Windsor town crier Chris Brown toasted the pub at a preview event on Thursday alongside general manager John-Lee Perry.
John-Lee said: “The Queen Charlotte is in a fantastic location in the heart of Windsor. Our focus is on offering our customers the key elements of a traditional British pub.
“Gin enthusiasts won’t be disappointed – we believe our offering is unrivalled in the area and we even have our own brand available, which has proved very popular.”
It was initially estimated the pub would be closed for eight weeks but human remains were found under the pub during reconstruction work.
Five full human skeletons and up to 40 other bones were discovered while digging foundations for a new conservatory.
The site backs on to Windsor Parish Church and Danielle Milbank, from Thames Valley Archaeological Services (TVAS), said the bones were due to the boundaries of the churchyard changing over the years.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.
Further details have been revealed over how many trains will be running in Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead during planned rail strikes later this month.