A Lichfield pub is to reopen next month under a new name after a six-figure renovation.

The Inkwell at Lichfield

The Inkwell at Lichfield, previously known as The Saxon Penny, will welcome visitors again from 26th November.

Alongside an overhaul of the food and drink menus, the Stonnyland Drive venue has also undergone a refurbishment to create a country pub feel.

General manager Sally Hammond said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming the local community to The Inkwell to experience a brand-new pub experience.

“The venue has big plans to be completely transformed and the team are working tirelessly to ensure we’re prepped and ready ahead of the big opening.

“The new menu features seasonal favourites incorporating some new and exciting flavours and we look forward to guests exploring the new options.”

Sally Hammond

For more information and to book a table, please head to www.inkwelllichfield.co.uk. More information about job opportunities are available online.

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  1. Why did it need refurbishing and new name???
    Owners must have money to burn.
    Great pub for food and drink.

  2. The Inkwell? I’d be interested to know how and why they came up with that name? Is it a notional reference to Dr. Johnson?
    Does anyone remember when new owners of The Bowling Green renamed it The Monteray (may not be the correct spelling) and there was a campaign to change it back, which of course succeeded, not that I’m calling for the same for The Saxon Penny, sorry The Inkwell, but I agree with #ML.

  3. Hope the food is better than it was before. Would be the last place on the list to go previously with all the other options in lichfield centre

  4. It’ll take more than a lick of paint to impress. It’s a Marstons run pub so the food service last time was slow and the selection of Ales on offer is average at best

  5. Had a chat with the management when in The Saxon Penny recently. Really pleased to hear of the proposed improvements. Not bothered at all about the name change and totally understand why it is changing. Apparently, it will see an improved menu (going to be the same/similar to Old Irish Harp from what I can work out) and adding a more obvious social drinking area/fireplace etc, as well as a decked outdoor area. Good luck to the management. You will definitely have my very local support.

  6. I reckon itll have less for kids to keep them entertained so more running around the pub or families wont be able to go with kids as the kids play area has been took away and the prices from what I can see are going alot higher so again budgets for families will be needing to be higher which may not sit well with general families with children

  7. Shame if the children’s play area is being taken out. The only reason I used it. This is a pub built in a community and should serve all the community. If adults don’t want a place where there are children there are plenty of other pubs/restaurants in and around Lichfield that would serve their need.

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