After being closed for five weeks, The Hatherley public house has been officially re-opened by the Mayor of Cheltenham, councillor Sandra Holliday, following a six-figure investment.
Refurbished throughout, the Hatherley Road business is now keen to spread the word as it seeks to capitalise on important Christmas trade.
Its new seasonal drinks menu features festive cocktails, including Santa’s Tipple – a Christmas twist on a gin and tonic featuring new Whitley Neill mince pie gin and Schweppes lemonade – as well as classic mulled wine; and a new winter food menu includes mains ranging from beef rib bourguignon with mustard mash to beetroot and goats cheese tarte tatin with buttered baby potatoes.
Monika Bodo, general manager of the Greene King-owned business, said: ‘We could not be more excited. The new beer garden with the heated pergola means customers can make the most of the revamped outdoor space, and we’re already looking forward to the summer months when families can relax with a drink outside late into the evening.
‘As we’re opening just in time for Christmas, we’ve planned a special series of events and we can’t wait to celebrate our reopening with our regulars. We’ve got plenty of activities for all ages to get everyone involved and in the festive spirit.’
The refurbishment has also included an upgraded bar area, new furniture, fully updated toilets, fresh décor throughout and a children's playground, with the revamped outdoor space adding an additional 59 covers.
The investment has created nine new jobs so far, with more positions still available including kitchen manager and chef positions, with the pub capable of supporting 33 roles in total.