Inside heaving pub with stuffed squirrels rumoured to be Banksys after refurb

A cosy pub rumoured to have been partially bought by Banksy has received an impressive makeover and has stuffed squirrels as decor.

The Crown in Pilton, near Glastonbury, Somerset was the beneficiary of a hefty £1m investment last year by a group rumoured to count the elusive graffiti artist among its members.

And now locals say the boozer has never been busier after it reopened last year and is now "heaving".

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Owain Powell, who currently runs the pub alongside partner Rowena Draper, denied Banksy was involved in the investment.

But rumours have started flying that the anonymous public figure has a house nearby.

Long-time Pilton resident and kitchen porter Pat Sumner, 40, said: "It’s always busy because there is always something going on in the pub."

But pressed on whether Banksy was involved in the pub's refurbishment, he said: "Pilton is full of rumours.

"I’ve lived here since 1985 and I can tell you that you hear so much different stuff."

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Another local, who asked not to be named, added: "I have heard Banksy has a house in the area but I don't know anything else on that."

And Banksy isn't the only household name associated with the watering hole – Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis is also said to frequent the establishment, with Sumner claiming he enjoys a Sunday roast.

A retired woman who has lived in Pilton since the 1990s said the Eavis family had invested a lot of money in the area, and added the refurbishment had made the pub much more friendly.

She said: “I’ve been in there a couple of times and it’s nice and friendly. It used to be much more unfriendly, with two people stood at the bar who would turn around and stare at you when you walked in.

“But the first time we went in there after it re-opened it was heaving with locals.

“There is lots going on in the village. Eavis has sponsored a lot of things and I would say it is a very active village in lots of ways.”

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The pub has no Banksy artwork on display but does feature some rather bizarre decor, including a stuffed squirrel on display in a glass case playing pool.

The boozer also has a beer garden and hanging plants, and serves traditional pub grub and roast dinners alongside a selection of pints, which will set you back £4.40 for Pravha or £5.60 for a Bristol-brewed American Pale Ale.

Cocktails, meanwhile are £9 apiece, while wine drinkers can purchase the cheapest bottle, a Pinot Grigio, for £18.95.

Those with more to splurge can go for the more expensive £55 bottle of Domaine Sarcey champagne.


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