A major renovation for Stoke’s Turf Hotel

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The iconic Turf Hotel is getting a major overhaul, with diggers ripping down the Hotel’s restaurant and parts of its upstairs accommodation.

Part-owner Andy Dwyer says the hotel was built in three phases and the final section, built in the 1960s, was deemed a risk in the event of an earthquake. “It was under-strength, so we’ve decided to be pro-active and revamp the area that needed strengthening.”

The hotel has two double-storey sections. The part of the hotel on the corner of Main Rd Stoke and Songer St was built in 1907 and passed the earthquake test.

The second section next to it was what was added in the 60s and what is coming down.

It was be rebuilt as only one storey.

Andy says the redevelopment is expected to take around three months and will mean a new restaurant and a cut in its accommodation rooms from nine to six. The sports bar is still open and is serving bar meals.

“We’re looking at new food concept for family dining in the new restaurant now but everything else is fully operational. Don’t be put off by the war zone out front,” he says.