The Rising Sun is a classic English village pub with its stone construction and open fireplace. It is a large, double-fronted building with a bar and snug downstairs and accommodation upstairs. On warm days, the large garden area at the front is ideal for enjoying the sun.
Woodcroft has had the Rising Sun Public House as its main amenity since it was developed as a hamlet in the early nineteenth century. It was first mentioned in 1858 when James Reece was the landlord.
A brewery was first associated with the Rising Sun in 1891; Daniel Sykes & Co. ‘s Redcliffe Brewery. Over the years, several brewery companies have owned and operated the Rising Sun. It was owned by Pubfolio Ltd from 2005 until 2012, when the company went into administration, and was put up for sale along with nearly 80 other pubs. Former owners acquired it in October 2012 and closed the pub so that land could be developed for housing.
In 2022, the community purchased the pub again to restore its original role as a community asset. Currently, it is being renovated by the local Woodcroft community to reopen in 2022. D&R Maintenance solutions are carrying out the following renovation works and are delighted to be part of such an important project.
The pub has been completely empty for nine years, so it was in a bad state of repair, with water pouring through the roof into the kitchen and on the single-storey extension.
The floorboards were in poor condition, and there were some areas where floor joists needed to be replaced. New floorboards were installed, and the floor was over boarded using ply to remove some of the undulations in preparation for new floor coverings to be fitted.
We have installed new steel lintels above the bar area, cut a serving hatch through the stone wall at the side of the bar and installed new concrete lintels.
The kitchen has been stripped out, and new wipe-clean plastic cladding will be installed in the kitchen after new electrics and plumbing have been installed.