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Historic pub refurbishment adds new bed and breakfast facilities

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An historic pub is returning to its coaching house roots with the opening of a new bed and breakfast.

The Plough Inn at Fulford, in York, has undergone major refurbishment works as part of a financing package from NatWest and its asset finance partner Lombard.

The Plough has belonged to twin sisters Kim Martin and Sue Curtis since 2004.

During this time they have ensured the pub, which is over 300 years old, has been run to a high standard serving locally sourced, home cooked food.

As the pub has grown in popularity, they decided to look at creating accommodation facilities and turned to NatWest Relationship Manager, Paul Craske, for support on the project.

He helped them secure £137,000 in funding for the works.

Kim said:

“The pub has such charm and character. It’s not a chain which is obvious from the moment you walk through the door.

“We are regularly asked by our customers whether we offer guest accommodation and we felt now was the right time to expand our business.”

A total of six en-suite bedrooms have been created by builders who appeared on TV programme Grand Designs.

The kitchen has also been extended and undergone major refurbishment.

Kim added:

“I discussed with Paul what I had in mind and he told me to come back to him when the plans were in place.

“The lending process was straightforward, which for a pub isn’t always the case, but Paul was very supportive and I am delighted that they have enabled me to achieve this.”

Paul said:

“The whole project is testament to Kim’s skills of running a successful food pub with an eye for detail.

“The team have worked very hard and have created a wonderful business.”

James Skelton, relationship manager at Lombard Finance supported the deal and said:

“The Plough is a fantastic establishment and we wish nothing but success, for Kim and the team, for the future.”

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Pictured from left are Kim Martin, her sister Sue Curtis and NatWest relationship manager Paul Craske, and James Skelton from Lombard

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