By News reporter
THE Freemasons Tavern’s listed status continues to be more a blessing than a curse although its recent makeover has brought a positive reaction.
Now months since its eight-week closure for refurbishment the establishment boasts a whole new look, a “very cosy” feel that has been welcomed by regulars and newcomers alike.
The manager, Zoe Tucker, highlighted the success of the recent changes to one of Western Road’s oldest landmarks. She said: “They love it, we’ve had such a fantastic reception, everything has been really good.”
However, some changes though have not remained in keeping with the standards set by British Heritage, the historic buildings and monuments commission for England.
The exposed brickwork is not an original feature and newly painted green exterior is not an approved colour and so these alterations will have to be changed back at some point.
This may be somewhat of a shame for the Freemasons, with its revamped popularity standing in a prominent racing green against its more neutral neighbours.