An historic Hampton Wick pub has “gone back to its roots” with a £110,000 revamp.

The Foresters on High Street, which dates back to the early 19th century, is returning to its original name of The Foresters Arms after the major refurbishment project.

The pub and its four letting rooms have all been overhauled, with new fixtures, fittings and furniture as well as “quirky” features such as grass on ceilings and carpets on walls.

While renovating the exterior, publican Thomas Furber was inspired to turn back the clock.

He said: “When we stripped back the front of the pub, we discovered an old sign that said ‘The Foresters Arms’ and so I decided it was time we went back to our roots.

“This is very much a traditional pub with a modern twist and so the name change perfectly reflected our mix of old and new.”

Thomas has erected a special memorial bench at the front of the pub where customers are being encouraged to add plaques in memory of lost loved ones.

Thomas said: “The Foresters Arms has been a natural focal point for the local community for hundreds of years.

“We are involved in lots of local events and activities and this bench is a great way of making sure the memories stay alive for future generations.”

Thomas has plans to further extend the business with the introduction of two more letting rooms next year.

With more than 20 awards for the quality of food, drink and customer service on offer at The Foresters Arms, he is keen to ensure his legacy continues.

He added: “I’ve been the publican here for 12 years and prior to that my father ran The Lion just down the road so I have a 30 year reputation of serving Hampton Wick to maintain.”

John Vassallo, development manager for pub company Punch, which contributed towards the refurbishment, said: “Thomas is an excellent publican and passionate about his pub.

“We are proud to have been able to support him on this great project.”