Wordsworth pub reopens after multi-million-pound makeover
Inn Collection Group (ICG) site the Swan at Grasmere, Cumbria, has reopened for business following a multi-million-pound refurb.
Built originally in 1650s, the inn was once William Wordsworth’s local, and was featured in his 1806 composition the Waggoner.
The past 18 months have seen a complete renovation of the property. The pub side of the Swan has been revamped in line with the ICG signature style, and there are also 48 fully refurnished bedrooms available for guests to book.
General manager Nellie Bolton said: “We’re so pleased to be back open and welcoming guests. It has been a long time since the Swan last had the buzz of making people happy but when they see what has been done in the refurbishment, I’m sure they will agree it has been worth the wait.
“With the doors re-opening as the Easter holidays begin, we hope that the many visitors to Grasmere will pop in to pay us a visit and that those from the village will, as in Wordsworth time, make use of the Swan as part of the community.”
Operations manager Paul Brown added: “Everyone involved with this refurbishment can be very proud of what they have achieved. The Swan has a new air of vitality and there is something suitably poetic that it has re-opened just as Spring is arriving in the Lake District.
“Grasmere is a beautiful village and alongside the Wordsworth Hotel, the Inn Collection Group now has two stunning venues open and ready to help people make the most of their time here, be they visitors or locals.”
Village inn snapped up
Fleurets has announced the recent completion of the Snowdrop Inn, Lindfield, West Sussex.
Acting on behalf of Hall & Woodhouse Limited, the leisure property specialist secured a purchaser off the market for the price of £575,000.
Fleurets South divisional director Nick Earee commented: “We expected to see good levels of interest and were not disappointed. This delightful village pub attracted early interest with 11 formal viewings and a number of offers received at the closing date.”
Countryside pub opens doors
The Willow in Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds has opened in the heart of the village, announced Fuller, Smith and Turner.
Acquired by Fuller’s last year, the pub has undergone a major refurbishment. It boasts a restaurant area and outdoor dining area right on the River Windrush.
Fuller’s retail director Fred Turner said he was “delighted” to be reopening the venue.
He continued: “Our manager, Tom, and his team are great assets to the Fuller’s family and have worked tirelessly to ensure guests at the Willow have an outstanding experience.
“From a warm welcome to an excellent selection of food and drink, all served with impeccable customer service – the Willow is truly a fantastic pub.”
Diners can enjoy a range of freshly cooked dishes – including seasonal and locally sourced ingredients such as Bibury Farm baked trout.
Sandwiches, Sunday roasts and a children’s menu are also available at the Willow, and guests can tuck into a mid-morning sweet treat, with cakes available from 11am every day.
There is also a small snug area, and the bar is stocked with premium wines and spirits, craft beer and fresh cask ales.
The Willow manager Tom Carty added: “I am so excited to finally be opening the doors of the Willow. It feels like it’s been a long time coming – months of preparation means my team and I are more than ready for this.
“We had a couple of very successful dry run events – which were open to the local community and other special guests – so I can’t wait to show off the Willow to the rest of the world.
“The pub is the perfect setting for tourists and locals alike – whether you’re coming for a drink, or a bite to eat. Everyone is welcome at the Willow – so come along with friends, family, children, dogs – we have something for everyone.”
Golf Fang launches in Cardiff
The Big Fang Collective has opened its sixth UK site in the Welsh capital after a £1.5m refurb.
Golf Fang Cardiff, which is based on Mary Ann Street, is an 18-hole golf course in an environment surrounded by bespoke art, combing crazy golf with theatre, cocktails and DJs.
The venue has teamed up with signature graffiti artists to create a ‘sprayground’ where golf courses are built into unique set designs such as shop fronts, rave rooms and TV sets.
The new site, previously home to the city’s Rainbow Casino, has been divided into two floors which revolve around different themes.
Golf Fang is home to the brand’s signature sets such as the tunnel of love, Jeremy Kyle TV studio, teddy picker and UV room. The site also features sets unique to Cardiff, paying homage to the 90s rave scene, Tokyo Drift and classic arcade games.
What’s more, a 18ft high wavy slide transports guests from one floor to another.
The Big Fang Collective co-founder Kip Piper said it felt “amazing” to open the doors to the site in the Welsh capital.
He continued: “Cardiff is a lively and exciting city and we’ve wanted to bring Golf Fang here for a while.
“This venue takes our signature concept to the next level and will feature some of our most popular experiential elements and brand-new sets that are guaranteed to blow guest’s minds.
“As a team, we’re all really proud of the space we have created, and we can’t wait for the people of Cardiff to experience our vision.”
Scottish café-bar up for grabs for first time in 32 years
Saint Giles’ Café Bar, in Edinburgh’s city centre, is up for sale for the first time in 32 years, business property adviser Christie & Co has announced.
Primely located on St. Giles Street, the site is a short walk from the city’s famous high street, the Royal Mile.
The décor of the venue is minimalist, and baked good, breakfast and lunch are served alongside alcoholic drinks.
Inside, there is a servery counter and a range of tables and benches which cater up to 36 customers. There is also added outdoor seating for 14 customers.
Christie & Co hotels Scotland director Gary Witham, who is handling the sale, said: “This is a rare opportunity to buy a freehold just off the Royal Mile – arguably the strongest tourist location in Edinburgh.
“Guaranteed year-round footfall and the ability to create a trend setting bar/café with limited competition so close to Edinburgh Castle will certainly appeal to both UK and overseas buyers.”
The venue is on the market at offers of more than £1,500,000 for the freehold going concern.
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