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The Ferry Re-Opens Its Doors

(17 March 2005)

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Over the last few months there has been a great deal of activity at the Ferry, with warning of hard hats must be worn and a lot of comings and goings with building work.  On 17 March 2005, the new look Ferry opened its doors to the residents of not only Cookham, but Berkshire and Buckinghamshire as well. The old Ferry pub has been beautifully restored keeping the old world charm and adding a twenty first century touch.

A Warm Welcome 

Tony Hughes, Managing Director of the Restaurants Division of Mitchells and Butler who own the Ferry, was at the opening and was delighted to see the results of the refurbishment.  He said that the aim was to open more of this type of pub and restaurant offering an excellent facility and up to the minute menu for today's demanding customers. 

Managing Director Tony Hughes

The Ferry was full of of people wanting to see the results of the many months of refurbishment and they were rewarded with a champagne, wine and delicious canapés.

The Champagne Flowed

Tony Boden the General Manager of the Ferry was busy talking to his  potential clientele and breathing a sigh of relief that everything had turned out so well and had attracted so much attention from around Cookham. The car park was full by seven o'clock so cars were having to park in the Grove off Odney Lane.

General Manager Tony Boden explains the new look Ferry

The new Ferry has pub and restaurant facilities and has a very relaxed atmosphere.  Also being situated on the river Thames it has the added bonus of an outside area which was packed with people on the first warm day of the year.

By the River at the Ferry

The old part of the Ferry which goes back to the 14th Century, has been sympathetically renovated. It rose to fame in the 1960s when the first episode of the Saint was filmed there. Tony, the General manager, is hoping to get some of the original photos taken during the making of the series.

People Gather Below the Restaurant Area

The Ferry will be offering Pizzas, Pastas and Rotisserie with fresh salads. The menu is simple and contemporary, with fresh fish, great steaks and spit roasted meats.

The Old 14th Century Inn

The Modern 21st Century Bar

The bar has ten different beers on tap ranging from lagers, European speciality beers and great cask ales. If you would like to visit the new look Ferry contact them on 01628 525123 to make a reservation, you will be extremely impressed. 

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