A popular riverside pub in Oxford has announced its reopening date following a sudden closure this month.

The Head of the River on St Aldates sits beside the river Thames in the heart of the city and is a popular spot, especially in the summer given its scenic views.

It suddenly closed on Friday, March 8 for major renovations despite welcoming a full beer garden the Sunday before with the warm weather hitting the city.

Oxford Mail: The reopening sign outside of the pub.The reopening sign outside of the pub. (Image: Newsquest)

Scaffolding can now be seen covering the face of the building, which is owned by Fuller’s Brewery, as changes are enacted inside the building.

It is not yet known what the full extent of the alterations are and whether they are mainly structural or cosmetic, but a reopening date has been given for the pub.

The popular watering hole hopes to reopen by early May according to the signage outside of the pub which is attached to the temporary hoardings.

Oxford Mail: The pub has serene views and is a popular spot in the summer.The pub has serene views and is a popular spot in the summer. (Image: Newsquest)

A spokesperson for the pub said: “If you’re walking past at the moment you’ll notice that things look a little different.

“The team are working extremely hard behind the scenes and we are excited to reopen as soon as possible.”

The pub is also looking for new staff members ahead of the grand reopening with adverts placed for both a reception manager and an assistant manager.