New jobs in the hospitality industry will be created at a 14th century pub in East Devon as part of a £2million refurbishment plan.
The Masons Arms Inn, in Branscombe, East Devon, is undergoing a revamp in a bid to ‘enhance the pub’s timeless and charming features’.
St Austell Brewery said the redecoration and renovation will create 15 jobs once the pub reopens ahead of Easter.
The brewery, now taking applications from prospective employees, is looking to hire front of house and back of house team members, chefs, and housekeepers, giving successful candidates the opportunity to gain experience in the hospitality industry.
Tamsyn Allington, St Austell Brewery spokeswoman, said the company was ‘proud’ to be in a position to offer ‘great career opportunities’.
She said: “We are delighted to be investing in the future of the Masons Arms, an iconic country inn which has always been popular with our locals and – thanks to its beautiful location – attracts visitors from far and wide.”
“Our people are right at the heart of everything we do, and we’re always on the lookout for passionate and talented team members to help us deliver unforgettable experiences in our pubs.
“At St Austell, we’re committed to nurturing and releasing the potential of our people and are proud to be in a position to offer great career opportunities in Branscombe and across the South West – one of the most beautiful regions of the UK.”
The Masons Arms, dating from the 14th century, has 28 rooms, a converted cottage, timber frames, low beamed ceilings, pine cladding, whitewashed walls.
As part of the refurbishment plans, each of the rooms, plus the converted thatched cottage, will be redesigned with ‘refreshed and homely interiors, with calming and earthy tones’.
Shared spaces, such as the dining rooms will also be redesigned with dark and warm tones and decorated ‘with plenty of cosy furnishings,’ a private dining space and comfy seating, said the brewery.