New Licensees Roll Out the Barrel with Major Investment for Historic Potters Bar Pub

New landlords, Eliz Brennan and James McLaughlin, and HEINEKEN’s pub business, Star Pubs & Bars, are investing in a £150k complete refurbishment of the eighteenth century Cask & Stillage pub on Potters Bar High Street. Following three weeks of closure for the extensive works, the pub is expected to reopen week commencing 21st July.

Originally a coaching inn that spanned the road, the Cask & Stillage is being lovingly restored to its former glory including redecorating inside and out, new furniture and toilets, an upgraded kitchen and landscaping and replanting of the garden.

Eliz and James, who also run the Builders Arms in Barnet, are not just giving the Cask & Stillage a new look but are also intent on putting the pub on the map for cask ale and Thai food.

Having gained a reputation for excellent cask ale at the Builder's Arms, which is now listed in the Campaign for Real Ale’s prestigious Good Pub Guide, Eliz and James are determined to do the same at the Cask & Stillage starting with three and building up to a range of six ales on tap. On the food side, Eliz and James have appointed Thai chefs to produce an authentic yet affordable Thai lunch and dinner menu.

Says James, “As soon as we saw it we recognised the potential of the Cask & Stillage to be a thriving pub again. It’s a great pub in a fantastic location, all it needed was investment and a lot of TLC. We’ve got the investment now and we’ll certainly be putting in a lot of TLC. We want to make the Cask & Stillage a pub that Potters Bar can once again be proud of, a friendly, traditional local that is a real asset to the community.”