Historic Towcester pub and hotel opens after £1m revamp

The Saracens Head,Towcester.'101006M-F426
The Saracens Head,Towcester.'101006M-F426

A landmark hotel in Towcester has reopened its doors following a £1million refurbishment.

Owners of the Saracen’s Head, in Watling Street West, said the hotel has enjoyed a complete renovation “from top to bottom” improving all the bedrooms, the reception area, function rooms and the bar.

The changes mean every bedroom is different and a feature room includes chandeliers.

The hotel is famed for featuring in Charles Dickens’ first novel The Pickwick Papers, which he is also thought to have penned some of during his stay.

Manager Daniel Anderson said: “The Saracen’s Head is 400 years old so everything we’ve done has been carefully considered in light of its age and history.

“All the much-loved features are still there, including the original open fire-place and old coaching inn arches into the courtyard, whilst other areas have been modernised.

“I’m in no doubt that Dickens’ would have thoroughly approved of what has been done.”

Assistant manager Hayley Hammond said anyone who knew the pub before will notice a ‘dramatic’ difference.

She added: “We reopened last Thursday and we’ve had probably the busiest weekend of our lives.

“It’s been really good and we’ve had some really positive feedback from customers on the work Greene King has carried out.”

The pub will be holding and official relaunch party for Towcester businesses from 7pm on Tuesday, March 5.

A guest speaker will talk about the future of the pub and how it will support local business.