A PUB in rural Herefordshire is looking to carry out a major refurbishment, and new jobs should be created when work is complete.

The Castlefields in Clifford, near Hay-on-Wye, told Herefordshire Council that it wanted to enhance its existing facilities and improve sustainability.

Applying for planning permission, applicants Ian and Carol Birch said the work would include improved Covid-19 resilience, restaurant, tourist accommodation and function facility, as well as relocating the managers' accommodation.

The application said the work would see the total floorspace rise from 412 square metres to 878, and two new full-time roles and one new part-time role could also be created.


The car park at the pub, in the Golden Valley, would be expanded so there would be space for 59 cars, up from 25.

There would also be four lodges in the grounds of the pub for tourists, as well as the new managers' home with two bedrooms.

A new extension housing a function room would also be built, if plans are given the go-ahead, as well as a bridal dressing room.


On its website, the 16th century former coach house said it has already undergone a high-quality refurbishment prior to these plans.

The independent free house also said it is a family-run business, serving great British pub classics and also has a popular carvery. It also offers an "excellent" selection of beers, real ales, wines and spirits.

Herefordshire Council's planners said comments can be made until December 6, with a target determination of December 29.