THE LONG-AWAITED re-opening of Ye Old King’s Head pub in Horsham as an Italian restaurant is now less than a week away.
The Carfax hotel and its restaurant and coffee shop were abruptly closed by its owners in 2004 and subsequently boarded up.
After years of it standing empty, the doors to the Grade II listed building opened last summer when work started on the conversion by the national restaurant chain ASK Italian.
The landmark building on the corner of East Street has a long and distinguished history and during the refurbishment builders discovered murals, which experts have dated back to about 1650.
This week it was announced that on Tuesday April 3 customers and staff will be joined by the chairman of Horsham District Council Claire Vickers and celebrity chef, Theo Randall, in celebrating the opening of the new Italian.
The restaurant is promising customers a mouth-watering menu and stunning modern design.
With its fresh and contemporary feel, and warm and friendly environment, the opening will officially complete East Street restaurant quarter, notwithstanding plans for the Old Town Hall which still may become a restaurant subject to commercial interest.
Mr Randall, one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs, said: “ASK Italian is delighted to be opening a restaurant in Horsham.
“Horsham is a great place to showcase the new style and food of ASK Italian, which has been inspired by Milanese design and will be something fresh and contemporary.
“I’m proud to have helped inspire the team at ASK Italian to develop a menu with classic and contemporary Italian dishes to enjoy in a modern, stylish environment.
“Hopefully, with the help of the locals of Horsham we can be part of the local community.”