The Rising Sun Inn, Woodcroft

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.

Project Outline

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.

  • We repaired holes in the roof and over-coated it with our liquid roofing system.
  • The lead had also been stolen over the years, so we replaced all of the lead flashings.
  • We installed new fascia boards and guttering to the main slate roof, and the chimneys were repointed and painted.


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 removed a partition wall between 2 bedrooms to create a new kitchen/living area for the new manager.
  • We made a new stud wall along the top of the stairs to make a new meeting room and hallway to separate the living accommodation.
  • New fire doors have been fitted throughout the top floor, and plastering and skirting boards have been fitted throughout.


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.

  • All the ceilings have had new plasterboard fitted and will be plastered.
  • The chimney has been propped, partially knocked down and rebuilt as it was unstable.
  • New latex screed will be laid on the floors before the new floor covering is fitted.
  • We knocked the old UPVC porch down and built a new porch out of block with an oak door to allow wheelchair access.

Kitchen Renovation Work

Fit Out Stage:

The kitchen has undergone a complete overhaul, with the removal of old fixtures and the installation of new wipe-clean hygienic panelling, resulting in a sleek and low-maintenance surface.

Additionally, new electrical and plumbing systems have been installed to further enhance the functionality of the kitchen.

The flooring installation is scheduled for next week, and we eagerly anticipate capturing the final look of the fully renovated pub kitchen.


  • New paving will be laid, some drains will be repaired, and new drains will be installed to remove water from the new hardstanding.
  • Fences and gates will be fitted in both timber and metal.
  • The outside painting will be done towards the end of the project.
  • The car park will be levelled, and new hardstanding put down with possible line marking to follow.