The Kingfisher closed shortly before the first Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. The site needed investment to give the local community back the pub that it deserved.
Katrina Hindocha had a long career in hospitality when she decided to run her own pub and took on her first one, The Damson in September 2018. This local Solihull pub has come into its own since Katrina took the helm. She has extremely high standards when it comes to service and quality, making sure you visit a clean pub and get a decent pint every time.
Her second pub The Kingfisher in Smith’s Wood near Solihull had been closed since January 2020. The pub hadn’t been updated for over 30 years so with a £120,000 investment by Red Oak Taverns and a further £30,000 from Katrina, the pub underwent a complete transformation both inside and out. It now has a modern interior with photos and signage celebrating local history, including Spitfire Island.
Katrina will be operating her second pub with the help of her family and will be launching a food menu once the second phase of the investment, a kitchen development is completed. Sunday roasts and pub classics will be served alongside the regularly changing cask ales that are already available.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Red Oak Taverns. They provide me with the flexibility and freedom to run my own business alongside investment and the support that I sometimes require. I couldn’t run the pubs without it”.