The Folly to get a £1m upgrade

Details of £1 million investment plans at the Folly in Whippingham have been unveiled, transforming the outside areas to make the most of the riverside location.

The pub, part of the Greene King chain, announced the refurbishment earlier this year and said it would be taking place in May. Now plans have been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council to build an outdoor bar, pergolas, a deck and balustrade, as well as extending the patio and creating a patio island.

As part of the plans, bifold doors will be installed on three sides and there will be a feature indoor/outdoor fireplace.

Internally, the dining areas will be reorganised and help better link the inside and outside spaces.

The proposals have been designed to be as flood resilient as possible, given the location.

The risk will be mitigated by good flood management practices, including closing flood gates and ensuring outdoor areas are not used when there is a risk of flooding.

You can view the plans, 22/00564/FUL, on the council’s planning register. Comments can be submitted until May 16.