THE Hatton Arms pub in Warwick reopened its doors this week with a fresh look and menu to greet visitors old and new.
The popular country pub, which enjoys sweeping views of the idyllic Hatton Locks, is back in business after closing on January 20th for refurbishment.
It hopes to further build on its established reputation locally for authentic dining and classic British cuisine made with the finest ingredients, often sourced direct from the Hatton Estate.
Diners will be able to enjoy an enhanced modern look inside and out, including a new porch creating a more welcoming entrance area and rear bi-fold doors to open up the terrace during the warmer months.
A new lighter, brighter and contemporary interior also awaits, including new booth seating, while still staying true to the traditional pub vibe the locals have come to love.
A team of 35 full and part-time staff are headed up by general manager Stephanie Ward and deputy manager deputy manager Shaney Ayre.
Stephanie said: “It’s an exciting time for the pub, which has been a favourite with locals for many years.
“We never rest on our laurels and the improvements to the aesthetics, atmosphere and menu will enhance the guests’ experience even more and we look forward to welcoming familiar – and new – faces to the new-look Hatton Arms. Come and see what we’ve done to the place and let us know what you think.”
The Hatton Arms’ new day and dinner menu will also reflect the pub’s provenance with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh seasonal ingredients, serving the best of Britain’s seasonal treats from the farms, shores and artisan producers, including award-winning Oxfordshire beef from Rowleys Butchers in Warwick; venison from Wellesbourne Estates; free range eggs from Chadwick End and breads from Le Petit Croissant in Stratford-upon-Avon.
There is a good selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes plus daily Specials and new bar snacks menu are being introduced.
It’s all prepared under the expert eye of head chef Jakub Fijak, who returns to the Hatton Arms after five years.
He said: “We hope to excite you with the new delicious food amongst the reliable pub classics, showcasing amazing ingredients and, wherever possible, local produce.
“These winter into spring months see the end of the venison season, with vegetables, cauliflower, leeks, sweet potatoes and parsnips being at their peak. Our seasonal menu also brings the best of British crab and sea trout to your plate.”
An extensive Drinks Menu celebrates local brewers with Alcester’s UBU, Harry’s Heifer from Church Farm Brewery and Hooky ales available, as well as The Philosopher’s Daughter, from Warwickshire Gin Company and Hatton Country World’s Moore’s of Warwick.
The former 18th-century coaching inn is part of the 900-acre Hatton Estate owned by Johnnie and Arabella Arkwright.
Johnnie said: “The Hatton Arms has been a part of our family for about 180 years and is already a popular destination for so many of us who live nearby .
“We want to thank everyone for their patience while these exciting new changes have been taking place behind the scenes – and are proud to show it all off to customers both old and new – marking the latest chapter in its rich history.”
New extended dining times are Monday-Thursday 12-9pm; Friday and Saturday 12-9.30pm and Sunday 12-8pm. And bar hours are now extended until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.