Thame-based operator, Oak Taverns has signed an agreement with Punch Taverns for a joint £500k investment at the Blarney Stone in Windsor.

The Church Lane pub, in the shadows of Windsor Castle, will be closed for eight weeks as it undergoes a major refurbishment that will transform it into the Queen Charlotte, which will offer all the “best of a traditional pub together with high quality food, service and modern design”.

Commenting on the investment, Simon Collinson, director of Oak Taverns said: “The Queen Charlotte is in a fantastic location in the centre of Windsor and we plan to create something special. It’s about preserving the key elements of a traditional British pub, from a menu dishing up pub classics to an extensive range of real ales, craft beers and gins.”

The Queen Charlotte is Oak Taverns’ 22nd pub and the second with Punch Taverns, the first being The Black Horse in Barnet which opened two years ago. The business includes a wide variety of operations and different trading formats including three breweries. Cask beer and good quality food is its speciality.