Trottenden Oast, Lidwells Lane, Goudhurst Kent TN17 1ES

We began work on the restaurant in the Stilebridge Pub in January 2016. The team knows Mark the then landlord very well as we'd quite often pop in for a quick cold one after work. His restaurant was a largely unused part of the business as it was in desperate need of a makeover, but none of this could happen until the damp problem had been sorted.

We had one additional issue on this job, and that was the timescale. We started work at the beginning of January and there was a wedding reception booked for the beginning of February. While our job was relatively simple, it was pretty labour intensive, so we worked seven days a week to get it finished.


In instances like this, for a professional and lasting repair, your only option is to strip everything back and start again from scratch. The damp was coming in through an external wall and via several holes in the roof.

The first job was to strip everything back to bare brick on the inside and damp-proof render it, while the roof repairs were being done externally.


Next on the list was strip out the wiring and plumbing, ready for all the new fixtures and fittings, including a new sound system. Once we had all the new cables and pipes in position, we could start work on stripping out every section of ceiling to insulate it ready for plasterboard and decoration.




Once the hole room had been rendered, plastered and the ceiling replaced, the next part of the project was to construct the panelling on site, which was to match the rest of the bar area.





The final stretch to get the room ready for the first event to be held in the newly refurbished restaurant/function room, was to second fix the electrics, plumbing and then decorate - when included refurbishing every piece of oak.




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