A HISTORIC pub could be transformed into a hotel to ensure its survival.

A planning application has been submitted to Cheshire East Council, seeking permission for some major changes at the Kilton Inn in Mere.

AG Hotels acquired the pub last year and is now looking to convert the first floor, currently residential, into a dozen hotel rooms.

“To enhance business viability, boosting footfall is essential,” said a spokesperson for AG Hotels.

“The addition of 12 rooms will contribute to increased trade for both the pub and the hotel."

Knutsford Guardian: An example of what the rooms could look likeAn example of what the rooms could look like (Image: AG Hotels)

The planning application was submitted Broadgrove Planning and Development, on behalf of the hotel chain.

Currently, the first floor is home to three flats.

Should the plans be approved, these will be turned into 12 hotel bedrooms which will combine with the offering at the neighbouring Casa Mere Hotel, also owned by AG.

Despite these changes, the pub will continue to operate as normal.

“This development will not adversely affect the operation of the Kilton Inn pub,” the AG spokesperson added.

“On the contrary, we aim to safeguard and enhance the pub's viability by incorporating additional rooms.”

The Kilton Inn was built in the 16th century and is named after a horse which won the Knutsford Gold Cup in 1796.

It is rumoured to have once served as a prison and is also believed to have links to the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.

AG Hotels acquired the Kilton Inn on April 30, 2023.

It had previously been part of the Chef & Brewer collection owned by Greene King.

Girish Grover, CEO of AG Hotels Group, expressed his excitement over the acquisition.

“It is in line with the company’s vision of expanding its portfolio and investing in creating happy and thriving places,” he said.

“Our focus for the Kilton Inn pub is to enhance guest experience, increase service level, and further engage with the local community.”

Preparations for the development are now underway and AG Hotels hopes to have completed the project, if approved, by the summer.