The Bull in Halstead has reopened after a three-week refurbishment to transform the historic hotel, bar and restaurant.
The refurbishment comes after a six-figure investment from owners Old English Inns to upgrade all areas of the premises, including the two function rooms and 16 hotel suites.
Manager Richard Danylak, who started at The Bull just before Christmas, has overseen the project.
“When I first arrived in Halstead, The Bull was pretty much the first thing I noticed as it has such an impact on the landscape of the town,” he said.
“I was even more surprised when I discovered it had such a fantastic garden out the back, a real hidden treasure.
“With all the improvements that have been made, it has been transformed into a lovely, warm environment and the kind of attractive bar, restaurant and hotel that any one living locally would be very proud of.”
The foundations of the building, which date back to the 14th century, have been left unchanged to preserve the many historic features and unique character of the Bull.
Peter Hebblethwaite, business unit director at Old English Inns, added: “This is an important investment for us, which we are confident will be welcomed by the whole community and by visitors to area.”