Pub openings gallery - February 2016

By Oli Gross

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Pub openings gallery - February 2016

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The Publican's Morning Advertiser takes a look at the pubs which were opened, renovated and reopened in February 2016.


Everards Brewery has worked with licensees Andrew Leatherdale and Paul Gaukroger to create a micropub within a pub - Django’s Beer House & Bottle Shop at The Sun Inn at Cottesmore, Rutland.

Andrew (left) and Paul

Django’s, which Everards has granted free-of-tie status, used to be a function room but has been transformed into a shrine to cask and craft beer.


It cost around £45,000 to create and is 50 square metres.


Leatherdale said: “Micropubs are growing in popularity so we talked about installing one to create a pub within a pub. The idea grew and we all visited some Nottingham micropubs to get some inspiration. It was great fun and before long we were planning the design in detail.” 


Django’s features a set of beer casks illuminated behind glass. The beer lines are transparent so you can view the colour of each ale.

Next to the window display of casks are two fridges packed with bottles of craft beer. Overall it offers 40 rotating beers.


A Post Office has opened at Enterprise Inns’ Cellar House in Eaton, Norfolk.

Pub is The Hub advisor Terry Stork and publican Victoria MacDonald

The pub now offers standard postal services, bill payments, car tax, foreign currency, transfers and One4all gift cards.

The bulk of the project has been funded by the Post Office, with help from organisation Pub is The Hub

Licensee Victoria MacDonald won the national prize at Enterprise Inns’ 2015 Community Heroes Awards following the project.

She said: “We’re so pleased to have taken on what is ultimately an invaluable service in the community. Our local branch officially closed the day before ours opened, so nobody went a day without a Post Office.”


Fuller’s has reopened The Pilot in Chiswick, London after a refurbishment which aimed to retain traditional pub features with modern touches, creating a light and airy space.


The bar has been stocked with Fuller’s new red ale, Montana Red, Frontier craft lager and London Pride and fifteen varieties of gin.


Sail Loft

Fuller’s has also opened its latest new-build pub on the River Thames, the Sail Loft on Greenwich Reach, with room for 300 customers and a nautical-themed menu designed by ex-Duck & Waffle chef Jacek Zywa.


The contemporary pub, which has three glass walls looking out onto the Thames, is on two levels and was designed with the river in mind.

Zywar, who is the Sail Loft’s head chef , previously worked under Daniel Doherty at the Duck & Waffle on the 40th​ floor of London’s Heron Tower.


Dishes on the menu include North Atlantic hake with roasted fennel, samphire, cockles, cider and butter sauce; braised ox cheek with bacon dumplings, kale, burnt onions and bread crumbs; and smoked duck with Roquefort, poached pear, walnuts and watercress.

The site has an open kitchen and views of Canary Warf, the Cutty Sark and the O2 arena.

JD Wetherspoon

JD Wetherspoon has continued to invest in hotels, and will open three extra sites in coming months.

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Development work has started on a 12-bedroom hotel in Northhold.

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The pubco has also started work on pubs in Chatham, Largs, Wellington, Okehampton and Huntingdon.

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The Okehampton pub will feature a 20-bedroom hotel and the Huntingdon pub a 22-bedroom hotel.

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Each of the six pubs and three hotels will open between late June and mid-September 2016.


Wetherspoon will also be opening new pubs in Beverley, Newton-le-Willows, Edinburgh and Formby between April-June 2016.

Pictured is the Hay Stook in East Kilbride, Scotland.

Cheshire Cat Pubs

Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars has opened its seventh pub, The Fitzherbert Arms, which sits on Lord Stafford’s estate in the village of Swynnerton in Staffordshire.

Fitzherbert Arms

The Fitzherbert Arms opened in February after two years of planning in a joint venture between Lord Stafford and Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars.

Restoration works aimed to reveal the charm of the 19th​ Century pub.

The pub serves many of Staffordshire’s ales from microbrewers which can be enjoyed at the country pub at the log fire, the cosy snug area, private dining room or outside terrace.

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