A POPULAR Powys pub has pushed back its reopening date by a week after undergoing a facelift.

The White Horse in Builth Wells announced in early January that it was closing for two-and-a-half weeks for refurbishment, telling customers via its Facebook page that it would reopen with a “fully refreshed bar/restaurant”, along with a new food menu.

The town centre venue has transformed itself in recent years, becoming a haven for foodies, especially burger lovers, and is renowned for its modern-day gastro pub-style menu and monthly/holiday specials menu.


Landlord Rory Owen, meanwhile, has also made it a hot spot for celebrities – with the likes of The Only Way is Essex icons Joey Essex and Pete Wicks, plus Chloe Ferry, of Geordie Shore and Celebs Go Dating fame, making appearances during the Royal Welsh Show in recent years.

The pub is undergoing a total refurbishment inside, including the toilets and the kitchen – the latter is believed to be the reason for the delay.

The pub closed on January 8 and was due to reopen this Friday, January 26. The delay will see the pub reopening now next Friday, February 2.

“Dear customers, we want to update you on our reopening schedule,” the pub said on its Facebook page.

“Unfortunately the completion of necessary work is taking a bit longer than anticipated due to doing more improvements than originally planned.

“As a result, our new reopening date is set for Friday 2nd February. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon.”