THE Wychbury Inn at Hagley has re-opened with new licensees at the helm.

Kitisart and Sarisa Tangsakul hope to turn the pub, owned by Admiral Taverns, into a must for fans of Thai food after a £40,000 refurbishment.

The pub’s kitchen will be led by experienced Thai chef Anusit Sohin, who is looking to develop a reputation for authentic Thai food; while experienced licensee Kitisart brings a wealth of experience after running his own restaurant in Bath and managing another venue in Bristol.

Kitisart said: “My wife and I are both incredibly excited to be taking on this fantastic pub in such an amazing community. As soon as I found this pub, I saw there was an opportunity to provide the community with something unique and different, and we wanted to develop an offer that appealed to all ages. We’d like to thank the local residents for their support already and we look forward to a great time ahead.”

Admiral’s business development manager, John Lobley, said: “Kitisart and Sarisa have created a unique offering for the community, that is backed up with outstanding talent to provide the best Thai food in town.

"After working in the hospitality industry for 10 years, Kitisart is the ideal candidate to take this pub to the next level and provide a real community asset to the town, and I would highly recommend anyone in the area to head down and try their delicious food."

The pub is set to re-launch on Monday November 25 with live music and samples from the new food and bar menus.

Opening hours will be extended to include a lunch service between 12pm and 3pm, with the pub re-opening from 5pm until late.

The new licensees will also be looking to host charity events and Thai cooking demonstrations in the future.