A historic pub in Upminster has reopened after refurbishment works.

The Thatched House in St Marys Lane, which dates back to the 19th century, welcomed back customers late last month.

The chain that runs it, Vintage Inns, has said people have since been able to enjoy its beer garden, additional seating and improved lighting.

It owns and operates 180 UK pubs.

The Thatched House opened in the 19th centuryThe Thatched House opened in the 19th century (Image: Craig @ SeaAitch Photography)

Zoe Darby, general manager of the Thatched House, said: "We're absolutely delighted to welcome both our regulars and first-time guests to experience the Thatched House's new refreshed look."

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The pub's menu has changed to include dishes such as seared seabass, oven-baked chicken with king prawns and signature skewers.

Traditional pub classics remain including fish and chips, pies and steaks at the dog-friendly boozer.

There is also a dog-friendly menu which includes burgers and chicken breast for pets.

Zoe added: "Whether you're seeking a picturesque setting to enjoy high-quality dining or a cosy spot by the fire to enjoy a drink, our pub has it all."