Award winning pub group Knife & Fork Food has completed an extensive renovation of the 12th century Old Swan Inn in Llantwit Major, taking another step forward in their ambitious expansion plans.
Knife & Fork, who have owned the historic Llantwit pub for 8 years, have invested £40,000 in the listed building in an extensive renovation project that has seen the creation of a dedicated restaurant space, which will seat up to 40 diners.
The new look Swan restaurant is very much in keeping with the aesthetics and menu offering of the other award winning locations in the Knife & Fork group, including The Conway in Pontcanna, The Pilot in Penarth and The Discovery in Cyncoed.
The project has created one additional kitchen position, adding to the 12-strong team at the Swan, and the team of 80 employees across the four Knife & Fork Food venues.
Commenting on the refurbishment project at The Old Swan, Sean Murphy, director at Knife & Fork Food, said:
“The Swan’s extensive refurbishment is already creating quite a buzz in Llantwit Major and around the Vale and we’re so pleased that people are eagerly anticipating its grand unveiling.
“As with all of our pubs across south Wales we will be sourcing our ingredients and seasonal produce locally and chalking up some fantastic dishes on our constantly evolving blackboard menu.
“We feel that this significant investment is a natural progression for the Old Swan which as a major hub for the local community really deserves a great restaurant that it can be proud of.”
The refurbishment of the Old Swan caps a highly successful few years for the pub group who have just reported annual turnover figures of £3 million.
The success of the group has been reflected in a number of high profile awards, most notably inclusion in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and for the fourth year running The Pilot’s retained its place in the highly acclaimed Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide, both hospitality industry bibles.
Speaking about the company’s future expansion plans, Sean Murphy commented:
“We’re really growing as a brand and are always on the lookout for new venues to put the Knife & Fork Food stamp on.
“We have a proven track record with our core concept of good food, good wine, carefully selected ales and an atmosphere that our customers can feel comfortable in. And as we move into 2017 we are very much looking forward to rolling that concept out across south Wales”
The Old Swan Inn restaurant reopens on Thursday 3rd November.