Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire opens 12 new rooms at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak
Today (Tuesday 25 April) Mrs Troughton, the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, will open 12 new rooms at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak. The new venture is the result of significant investment by pub owners, Arkell’s Brewery, and long-standing landlord Helen Browning OBE, organic farmer and chief executive of the Soil Association. To mark the opening, Mrs Troughton, Helen Browning and Arkell’s Brewery managing director, George Arkell will plant two oak trees.
Helen Browning said, “Working with Arkell’s Brewery we hope to have created something really special here – bringing elements of the farm and beautiful Wiltshire countryside into each room. This is a really exciting moment for us. Not only can we welcome more visitors to the pub and Eastbrook Farm, but this new venture will create more jobs. At a time when many farms get by with very few people, I’m proud that this place is so alive and busy.”
Brewery managing director, George Arkell, said: “It’s been a long time in the planning but we’re delighted to be backing Helen Browning and Tim Finney. They’re long-standing tenants who have invested a huge amount of their own time and money building the trade over the last ten years or so. They’ve successfully created a destination pub in a really gorgeous part of Wiltshire, so it’s been a joint effort between the brewery and Eastbrook Farm to give the village and surrounding area a pub we hope they’ll be proud of.”
Named and themed after fields on the farm, the new bedrooms have been designed with strong eco-friendly credentials and two of the rooms are dog friendly. As a result of the new development Helen Browning’s Royal Oak will employ the equivalent of four additional full time staff taking the number of employees to over 35 across the businesses.
The Wiltshire family brewery has also extended the kitchen and bar at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak and improved the car park and grounds.