#Throwbackthursday - 2000 - The Seven Stars, Leigh, Surrey
The Seven Stars is a Grade II Listed quintessential English country pub near Dorking, Surrey in a quaint setting dating back to the early 17th century with great homemade food, real ales and wine.
In October 1999 the whole building was devastated by fire. A wall painting set within the timber frame which reads ‘Gentleman: You are welcome to sit down at your ease, pay what you call for and drink what you please. William Eades 1637’ surprisingly survived in the bar, despite the fire destroying the majority of roof timbers.
Thankfully sufficient timber framing, inglenook fireplace and layout survived, retaining a record of this historic rural pub set in the hub of a small community.
Working on behalf of the then client, Vanguard Pubs & Restaurants, and the appointed insurance loss adjustors and in collaboration with project managers Dearle & Henderson; MCS was appointed to very carefully rebuild and restore the pub to its original condition using traditional skills and materials to undertake structural masonry and timber repairs, retiling with handmade clay roof tiles and plaster lathe and lime render finishes internally.
The restoration was completed sympathetically and to the full satisfaction of the project managers.
Today The Seven Stars still provides homemade food, real ales, wine and an inviting friendly and warm welcome to guests. Visit The Seven Stars: www.7starsleigh.co.uk