On Friday 2nd December, following a £1 million refurbishment, one of Royston’s most iconic buildings, Banyers House in Melbourn Street, reopened its doors in time for Christmas, under the management of the Hertfordshire-based, award-winning pub group, Oakman Inns & Restaurants.

At the opening party, 1st December 2016, local dignitaries, residents and business owners were given guided tours of the Listed building, which has been an integral part of Royston for nearly 300 years. Banyers House is the 17th Oakman Inn, (and the fifth in Hertfordshire) for a company widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s fastest growing pub companies.

At the opening party, The Mayor of Royston, Cllr Sarah Dingley, (accompanied by the Town Crier, Graham Pfaff and the Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Neville Reyner CBE, DL) welcomed Oakman Inns and their guests to Royston: “We are ecstatic that a company like Oakman Inns, who have earned a reputation for bespoke style and quality service, decided to adopt this iconic building and invest their expertise in her. Banyers House is now resplendent, a jewel in the town of which we can all be proud."

CEO, Peter Borg-Neal said: “We are delighted to have restored, expanded and, finally, re-opened Banyers House. It is a stunning building and I hope that the people of Royston are as proud of it as we are. We believe that Royston is a great town and is getting better all the time. We’ve been delighted and humbled by the positive remarks we’ve heard this week and we have been made to feel very welcome. I am confident that, under the guidance of our General Manager Fabio Santos, our talented team will ensure that Banyers House will be not only a wonderful place to visit, but also, an integral part of the Royston community.”

General Manager, Fabio Santos, said: “We have a team of over 40 here, who all live locally, and we are all really excited about providing a warm welcome and playing a key part at the heart of Royston’s community.”