New owner pledges ‘significant investment’ and new opening hours.

A popular Barnstaple bar-restaurant is undergoing a six-week makeover under its new owner.

Work at Claytons & The Glasshouse in Cross Street started last week and the ‘significant investment’ will see improvements to the interior and exterior.

The Cross Street business changed hands in July and new owner Guillaume Lefevre said the business would be re-branded, with a redecorated main and side entrance, refurbished bar and hall area, and a complete overhaul of the toilets.

The Glasshouse and stairs area will also be completely refurbished, although work will be done during the night to minimise disruption.

Former West Buckland School head boy Mr Lefevre, aged 26, said he hoped to bring a fresh approach to a local favourite.

He has already launched a #FizzyThursdays promotion, where visitors can enjoy half-price bottles of prosecco and free nibbles.

He has also taken the decision to open on Sundays for the first time, with a brunch and Sunday lunch menu available from 10am until 6pm. Sunday customers can also enjoy their first drink free of charge.

“Drawing people into the centre of Barnstaple on a Sunday is good for lots of local businesses,” said Mr Lefevre.

“I love going for a lazy Sunday brunch and sadly it’s not something that is often on offer here - I’m hoping to start a trend,” he added.