Cumbrian publicans wanting to drum up some extra trade could do worse than install some antique bookcases, because a Tewkesbury landlord who did this is set to see his premises featured on BBC Two’s Antiques Road Trip.
Grade II listed Theoc House was once a noisy nightclub called the Mojo, until James Murray and Simon Extance bought the freehold in July 2011. Sympathetic to the history of the 17th century tavern, which was originally called the Old Plough, they ripped down the soundproofing, made various other changes, and renamed the pub in honour of the Saxon hermit who inspired the town’s name.
Today Theoc House is a warm, welcoming café bar, with live jazz on selected nights. A great deal of time and money has been spent on the décor, especially in The Library function area, where the owners have installed Victorian dining chairs , open bookcases and other antiques to add ambience. It was this area which attracted the attention of a camera crew from Antiques Road Trip, who turned up unannounced after filming at the adjacent auction rooms. According to James, the crew were very taken with the antiques, which will be seen when the programme airs in January 2013. He said:
“The backdrop seemed to fit in with the style of the show.
“Quite a lot of our customers were star struck. Having TV cameras around always creates interest.”
Publicans wanting to spruce up their own premises will find a good selection of Victorian dining chairs and open bookcases in Preston, by visiting an antiques dealer.
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