Having opened the Five Bells in Salisbury and the Sam Wellers in Bath, the duo’s latest pub is the Wellington Arms, located in the centre of the market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire.
Set to launch on 24 of November, the Grade II-listed building is currently under renovation and will feature an eclectic mix of artwork, traditional pub tables and traditional banquette seating in a mustard yellow when it opens.
Occasional hot sausage
Affectionately known by the duo as The Welly, the pub will have an L-shaped bar and a small fireplace with seating spread across three separate areas.
Eschewing the gastropub model, its food menu will comprise scampi fries, pickled eggs and the “occasional hot sausage”.
“The traditional wet-led city boozer has faced an uncertain future in recent years. As a result, some have tried to reinvent the wheel to ensure its survival,” says Davids.
Focusing on the basics
“We’re doing the exact opposite and focusing on the basics – making sure the Wellington is a place for deep laughs, beautiful pints, and pickled eggs.”
Haley grew up in Somerset and splits his time between his home in Wiltshire and his Max’s Sandwich Shop in north London. Davids grew up in Salisbury and the pair met at his pub The Grosvenor Arms in Hindon where the idea to open a simple pub was born.
The pair are currently on the lookout for more pubs to open together.