Managed operator Barracuda has launched its sixth South-African themed Cape pub, this time in Reading.
This opening is part of Barracuda's ongoing investment programme worth £7m — more than 50 sites across its 220-strong estate have been rebranded or refurbished in the last year.
The Reading venue previously traded under Barracuda's student brand Varsity. Now the interior, inspired by Cape Town, is furnished with chesterfield-style armchairs, leather sofas and booths.
Barracuda's chief executive Mark McQuater said: "We've been developing the Cape concept over the past couple of years to make it aspirational without being exclusive; improving it with each bar we open in areas where there is a clear fit.
"Reading has a highly competitive pub and bar circuit that is constantly changing, but I am confident our new look Cape will do well and will provide a more sophisticated late-night option in the town."
The South African-inspired menu includes tapas, skewers, light bites, pizzas and speciality braai - a choice of steak, chicken or sardines served on wooden boards with chips, salad and a spicy South African relish. Drinks range from fresh coffee through to cocktails, continental lagers and real ales.