Rayleigh's Paul Pry shut for £180,000 refurb

Big plans – manager Chris Mackenzie

Big plans – manager Chris Mackenzie

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A HISTORIC pub is to undergo a £180,000 makeover, creating seven new jobs.

The Paul Pry, in High Street, Rayleigh, closed its doors on Saturday for an extensive refurbishment.

The pub, part of the Spirit Pub Company, will reopen on Friday, June 13, just in time for England’s first World Cup match.

As part of the investment, the pub, built in Tudor times, will receive a complete makeover, “bringing a fresher, brighter feel to the pub, complete with contemporary fixtures”.

However, there will be no structural changes and it will be in keeping with the history of the pub, with new chesterfield sofas and new flooring.

The drink and food menus will also be revamped to include local real ales, fresh produce and Sunday roasts. A specials board will also offer unique seasonal dishes.

Chris Mackenzie, general manager at the Paul Pry, said: “The investment will be a great boost to the pub and the local area. My team and I are very excited about the changes – especially the new food and drink additions – and hope our guests will be too.”

The name Paul Pry originates from an 1823 play by John Paul – Paul Pry being cast as a busybody, unable to mind his own business. The name stuck and has applied to eavesdroppers and busybodies ever since.

The pub has two bars on different levels. The downstairs area with its TV welcomes children whereas the upstairs bar has a number of TV’s popular with sports fans, who can watch matches on Sky.

The pub also has a beer garden, which has seating for 120 people.

Mr Mackensie is hoping to recruit new staff to work front of house as well as in the kitchen. He said: “I am on the look-out for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals who want to join our fantastic team at the Paul Pry.”

Anyone interested in a position at the pub should send a CV and cover letter to Paul.Pry.8517@spiritpubcom pany.com

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8:00am Mon 26 May 14

alarminstaller says...

Interesting and I hope this time they get it right.

The last refurbishment they did they turned the pub into more of a restaraunt which is fine,we tried the food and quite frankly it was truly poor/below average as if every single thing was from a cheap frozen food store put straight into a microwave and served with a smile.
We went just once and decided if we want a cheap lunch time meal it was better value at JDW just a 5 minute walk away.
I wish them well I hope it works we will try it again as it is a nice pub.
Interesting and I hope this time they get it right. The last refurbishment they did they turned the pub into more of a restaraunt which is fine,we tried the food and quite frankly it was truly poor/below average as if every single thing was from a cheap frozen food store put straight into a microwave and served with a smile. We went just once and decided if we want a cheap lunch time meal it was better value at JDW just a 5 minute walk away. I wish them well I hope it works we will try it again as it is a nice pub. alarminstaller
  • Score: 3

9:29am Mon 26 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Not before time, hope they don't make a pigs ear of it, like the Hoy....
Not before time, hope they don't make a pigs ear of it, like the Hoy.... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 4

9:31am Mon 26 May 14

mcnasty says...

Alarminstaller, I was going to post exactly the same as you regarding the quality of the food --- went there once for Sunday lunch and was very disappointed. Never again.
Alarminstaller, I was going to post exactly the same as you regarding the quality of the food --- went there once for Sunday lunch and was very disappointed. Never again. mcnasty
  • Score: 1

9:48am Mon 26 May 14

Sweet P says...

Not only does the Paul Pry need to revamp the premises the menu needs attention and the service at present is dreadful. We went there one Wednesday served ourselves, cleared our own tables and could not order dessert as the "cook" had gone home. The premises smelt disgusting.
Not only does the Paul Pry need to revamp the premises the menu needs attention and the service at present is dreadful. We went there one Wednesday served ourselves, cleared our own tables and could not order dessert as the "cook" had gone home. The premises smelt disgusting. Sweet P
  • Score: 5

2:06pm Mon 26 May 14

Loosers says...

Leave it alone! Look what happened to the White Horse in Rayleigh, a refurb disaster and now it's a Prezzo.

For a Tudor building "bringing a fresher, brighter feel to the pub, complete with contemporary fixtures" is a contradiction.

The building should be maintained, not updated.
Leave it alone! Look what happened to the White Horse in Rayleigh, a refurb disaster and now it's a Prezzo. For a Tudor building "bringing a fresher, brighter feel to the pub, complete with contemporary fixtures" is a contradiction. The building should be maintained, not updated. Loosers
  • Score: 4

2:38pm Mon 26 May 14

alarminstaller says...

Loosers wrote:
Leave it alone! Look what happened to the White Horse in Rayleigh, a refurb disaster and now it's a Prezzo.

For a Tudor building "bringing a fresher, brighter feel to the pub, complete with contemporary fixtures" is a contradiction.

The building should be maintained, not updated.
Agreed but something often forgotten these days it needs to be viable.
A drinking only pub in a town like Rayleigh is not viable, times have changed and pubs need to change, the Pry can maintain its historical look only if it has the correct blend to finance it.

The last effort was not very well thought through it was misjudging the area, the customers and the location.

People in the area have money and selecting the right choice of food for that area for that pub is crucial.

Serving cheap tasteless microwave food at above average prices is madness.

JDW is a pub chain that get it right they carefully select an area and rarely do we see an empty pub, get it wrong and that will be another pub up for sale
So that should be the aim of the Pry, GET IT RIGHT!
[quote][p][bold]Loosers[/bold] wrote: Leave it alone! Look what happened to the White Horse in Rayleigh, a refurb disaster and now it's a Prezzo. For a Tudor building "bringing a fresher, brighter feel to the pub, complete with contemporary fixtures" is a contradiction. The building should be maintained, not updated.[/p][/quote]Agreed but something often forgotten these days it needs to be viable. A drinking only pub in a town like Rayleigh is not viable, times have changed and pubs need to change, the Pry can maintain its historical look only if it has the correct blend to finance it. The last effort was not very well thought through it was misjudging the area, the customers and the location. People in the area have money and selecting the right choice of food for that area for that pub is crucial. Serving cheap tasteless microwave food at above average prices is madness. JDW is a pub chain that get it right they carefully select an area and rarely do we see an empty pub, get it wrong and that will be another pub up for sale So that should be the aim of the Pry, GET IT RIGHT! alarminstaller
  • Score: 4

2:40pm Mon 26 May 14

LexyGirl says...

alarminstaller wrote:
Interesting and I hope this time they get it right.

The last refurbishment they did they turned the pub into more of a restaraunt which is fine,we tried the food and quite frankly it was truly poor/below average as if every single thing was from a cheap frozen food store put straight into a microwave and served with a smile.
We went just once and decided if we want a cheap lunch time meal it was better value at JDW just a 5 minute walk away.
I wish them well I hope it works we will try it again as it is a nice pub.
Oh yes you are so right in everything you have written. I ate there a while back and thought the food was absolutely disgusting, and it was dirty in there, especially the toilets :( also the staff weren't nice either. I do eat at JDW on Thursdays as I like the curry night but prefer old fashioned pubs with lots of character, sadly JDW just doesn't have that either. Lets hope the Pry picks themselves up and makes a go of it :)
[quote][p][bold]alarminstaller[/bold] wrote: Interesting and I hope this time they get it right. The last refurbishment they did they turned the pub into more of a restaraunt which is fine,we tried the food and quite frankly it was truly poor/below average as if every single thing was from a cheap frozen food store put straight into a microwave and served with a smile. We went just once and decided if we want a cheap lunch time meal it was better value at JDW just a 5 minute walk away. I wish them well I hope it works we will try it again as it is a nice pub.[/p][/quote]Oh yes you are so right in everything you have written. I ate there a while back and thought the food was absolutely disgusting, and it was dirty in there, especially the toilets :( also the staff weren't nice either. I do eat at JDW on Thursdays as I like the curry night but prefer old fashioned pubs with lots of character, sadly JDW just doesn't have that either. Lets hope the Pry picks themselves up and makes a go of it :) LexyGirl
  • Score: 2

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