EXTENSIVE works are being carried out at Taunton's Toby Carvery as its owners prepare for a major rebrand.

Mitchells and Butlers has revealed plans for the alterations as the pub/eaterie off the Ilminster Road, at Ruishton, is converted to a Miller & Carter Steakhouse

As well as a complete internal refurbishment, changes the company plans include:

  • enlarging the main kitchen area;
  • replacing the "outdated, poor quality toilets";
  • a new bar servery;
  • changes to storage and staff facilities;
  • a new double door to the cellar;
  • raising a flat roof over new steps;
  • adjustment car parking facilities;
  • removing timber pergolas across the rear of the premises.

There are further works which will require planning permission from Somerset West and Taunton Council - the include:

  • a bull statue;
  • a new entrance porch;
  • a Jumbrella (a giant parasol);
  • a replacement kitchen ventilation system;
  • new fences to the relocated yard and a higher fence in the front yard;
  • new floodlights, including replacement of existing with LED units, new and removals.

The County Gazette reported exclusively last month on the plans to convert the Toby Carvery into a Miller & Carter Steakhouse.

The Toby Carvery, historically known as the Blackbrook Tavern, is a "family-friendly pub specialising in carvery roasts, with large beer garden and children's play area".

The nearest Miller & Carter Steakhouses are in Exeter and Weston-super-Mare, and the company offers "the best British and Irish cuts".

A planning application has been submitted with Somerset West and Taunton Council to put up new signage outside the pub reflecting the changes.

With the latest planning application, Mitchells and Butlers asks SWT planners to inform the company if it needs "additional time" to consider the proposals.

It adds: "All the staff within the restaurant, and the construction workers involved will be affected by any changes in anticipated dates."