The pub formerly known as The Bayberry in East Wichel has had a positive reaction to its makeover and name change after its grand reopening. 

Owners Marston’s hopes the new name and refit will help to place it at the centre of the Wichelstowe community. 

After closing for a month the ribbon was cut at The Wichel Inn by Swindon mayor councillor Gary Perkins.

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Its owners are aiming to position it as a traditional community pub, complete with a newly-designed bar area with pool table and darts, a lounge, restaurant and a heated outside seating area with big screen. 

New manager Will Bores hopes the new look and atmosphere will be embraced by locals.
“It’s a new beginning and a fresh start for the pub. There’s something for everybody,” he said.

“We want people to come here and feel that sense of belonging.

“We want it to be the heart of Wichelstowe.”

The pub, which has been in the area since 2012, also has a new a new food and drink menu.

Coun Perkins said: “A friendly welcome and inviting atmosphere from the management and staff at the Wichel Inn.”

Will and the team have also announced a charity partnership with local charity, Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, which will see the pub continue fundraising events in the future.

Locals have shared their first impressions of the new era on social media and the reaction has been positive. 

Elspeth Hughes said: "The interior looks amazing. It’s cosy and welcoming with a great atmosphere.

“It was great to hear buzzing happy people enjoying what is now a place to be.”
Holly Coe said: “I thought it was great, lovely decor, friendly staff and a good choice of food and drink. 

“Definitely feels like a real community pub.”