Serving up the great outdoors in Hatton

Serving up the great outdoors in Hatton

THE owner of Hatton Estate has hailed the great outdoors and the Chancellor’s latest business support measures as a big step forward in the fight against ‘widespread carnage of the hospitality sector.’

Johnnie Arkwright, who runs Hatton Arms and Hatton Country World in Warwick, has welcomed the tax cut and meal voucher scheme as a saviour for many pubs, restaurants and cafes which continue to see a reduced footfall in visitors.

 

Hatton Arms, Hatton Country World, Hatton Shopping Village, garden bar, terrace dining, Johnnie Arkwright, Warwick
There’s a huge amount of space for a fresco dining at The Hatton Arms.

The Eat Out to Help Out registration service went live this morning on GOV.UK, allowing businesses to join the scheme, announced last week by Rishi Sunak.

Restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments who use the scheme will offer a 50 per cent reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in throughout August.

Now, summer sunshine could hold the key to a return to business as usual with the completion of the Hatton Arms’ outdoor Terrace Dining and new Garden Bar and barbecue.

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The new Garden Bar

Johnnie said: “The Government do appear to realise that with a population that has become used to dining at home and is nervous of confined spaces when going out coupled with the reduction of capacity levels because of the need to socially distance, the avoidance of widespread carnage in a hospitality sector that provides three million jobs is a big challenge.”

The popular country pub, which was forced to close its doors in March just one month after a refurbishment, is now inviting diners to make the most of one of the best views in Warwickshire – from its own back garden.

Johnnie said: “The countryside has to be the answer for leading us out of lockdown. At Hatton Arms, Hatton Adventure World and Hatton Shopping Village we are lucky enough to have loads of fresh air and bags of space. And that’s what all of us cooped up at home for months are looking for.

“At Hatton Arms we are lucky enough to have a large outside terrace and massive gardens overlooking Hatton Locks. Both, unsurprisingly, are proving really popular with their iconic views down the famous Hatton Locks, the longest flight of locks on the Grand Union Canal.

“The Government’s new voucher scheme is a really good initiative that Hatton Arms and Hatton Country World will certainly be signing up to, including the new café, Alfie’s, in the shopping village courtyard.

“And the reduction in VAT will help operators like us contend with the extra costs of introducing measures in line with Government Guidelines to maximise the safety of their guests and staff which is of course our top priority.”

Although weather dependent, outdoor seating is available on a first come, first served basis, between 5-8pm on Friday and Saturday and 12-8pm on Sunday. The barbecue will be serving between 5-8pm on Friday nights, 1-8pm on Saturdays and 12-5pm on Sundays. The popular takeaway service, introduced in lockdown, will also be continued and is available 1-8pm Monday to Saturday and 12.30-4.30pm on Sundays. Breakfast baps are also available from the garden bar from 9am-11am on Saturday and Sunday.

Hatton Arms, Hatton Country World, Hatton Shopping Village, garden bar, terrace dining, Johnnie Arkwright, Warwick
The now complete terrace dining area

For those who prefer to eat inside the restaurant, the team have also been working hard to make the space COVID-Secure, including sanitisation points, social distancing markers, a one-way system and track and trace measures.

Health experts say evidence shows coronavirus spreads much less readily outdoors because of the ventilation factor, which, according to Johnnie Arkwright is already enticing visitors back to both Hatton Adventure World and Shopping Village.

 

The Victorian farm buildings here house 20 independent shops including a garden centre and farm shop created by TV presenter Lottie Newitt, two jewellers, antiques and furniture barns, gifts and home accessories, electric bike shop, gin distillery and cafe – as well as a Hole in the Wall that serves pints and traditional ales alongside tasty hot snacks.

Johnnie said: “We’re all feeling for the small independent shops that had to close in March and, on re-opening recently, remain fearful for their livelihoods.

“But the pandemic has revived a real sense of community, that desire to help those who have been hit the hardest. And we can help by giving these small businesses our custom.

“What can be safer than all that fresh air and space to socially distance in the rolling Warwickshire countryside.”

Visit: www.hattonarms.com and https://adventure.hattonworld.com

Satisfying our appetites – until ‘normal’ service resumes (Review)

Satisfying our appetites – until ‘normal’ service resumes (Review)

AS we all come to terms with a new ‘normal,’ one of life’s treats we’re missing most is dining out at our favourite restaurants.

While hospitality businesses across the country are busily preparing to re-open their doors with appropriate COVID-19 safety measures in place, many are working hard to bring as much of the experience as possible into our homes instead.

My much-loved local of 20 years, The Hatton Arms is among them.

Hatton Arms, COVID-19, lockdown, deliveries, takeaways, review

This popular country pub on the edge of Warwick was sadly forced to hang up the closed sign soon after a much-trumpeted refurbishment and relaunch in February.

Four months on and now gradually re-emerging from lockdown, the Hatton Arms is still managing to hold firm to its principles of locally sourced fresh seasonal ingredients, with its recent unveiling of a reduced down version of the pub’s new lunch and dinner menus.

With hubby’s birthday at the weekend, I decided it was a good opportunity to put their meal delivery service to the test, so, with 24 hours’ notice, we booked a time slot and put in our food orders via email.

Delivery was very prompt and the food arrived piping hot.

Hatton Arms, COVID-19, deliveries, takeaways, review, Warwick

While more limited menu, the menu has been carefully considered to include a little something for all tastes, from pies and burgers to fish and chips and ribs and even Classic Caesar Salad. Vegetarians are also catered for

We took advantage of the keenly priced Burger Bundle – any two burgers and two desserts for £24.95, opting for the Double Stack BBQ Burger (double stacked chargrilled chuck steak burger with mature cheddar, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle and BBQ sauce on a ciabatta bun) and the Double Stack Buttermilk Chicken Burger (double stacked buttermilk chicken breast, mature cheddar, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, garlic mayo and Hatton hot sauce on a ciabatta bun).

Other members of the family chose Fish and Chips (beer-battered haddock, chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce) and a dish called ‘BBQ Heaven.’

Hatton Arms, COVID-19, takeaways, deliveries, Warwick, review
Double Stack BBQ Burger

All were given a big thumbs up, although a word of warning about BBQ Heaven. With five lemon and thyme chicken wings, buttermilk chicken, rack of BBQ pork ribs and skinny fries, this meal is not one for the faint-hearted. In hindsight this could stretch to two people and, while at £19.95, it is the menu’s most expensive option, it actually represents excellent value.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page too for specials.

A small but tantalisingly tempting selection of desserts – chocolate brownie, white chocolate and strawberry cheesecake, fruit crumble or mini cinnamon doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce – are all generous is portion size. From personal experience I can say the fruit crumble is among the tastiest I’ve had. (And I like to think of myself as a crumble aficionado I’ve indulged in that many!)

All in all we were agreed, this was a very satisfying birthday banquet. Now we’re eyeing up the mouth-watering Sunday Roasts for another weekend. I’ve read positive reviews about these too!

This country pub has established a reputation among locals and visitors for authentic dining and classic British cuisine made with the finest ingredients, often sourced direct from the Hatton Estate.

It is also known for its beautiful sweeping views of the idyllic Hatton Locks. And Hatton Walks has now been re-opened at weekends for guests of the Hatton Arms to enjoy from 9am onwards.

Double Stack BBQ Burger

There are three different circular walking routes that take in the Grand Union Canal, local public footpaths and some beautiful private paths across the Hatton Estate to Hatton Country World. Free walks guides are available to download online by searching for ‘Hatton Walks Warwick.’

While the team has been busy managing social distancing and limiting visitor numbers as well as tidying up litter from the canal towpath, manager Stephanie Ward is also keen that customers consuming their Hatton Arms breakfast baps and coffees, follow the countryside code when visiting the Hatton Locks area. Extra bins have also been provided to help with this.

She said: “We are desperately missing our loyal customers and can’t wait to be able to welcome you back inside our doors again soon. We are awaiting further guidance from the Government on when this can happen.

“In the meantime we’re delighted to be able to continue serving our menu and wish to thank everyone for their invaluable support.”

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Stephanie Ward

Takeaways can be available for collection or delivery between 3-8pm on Fridays, 12 noon-8pm on Saturdays and 12 noon-6pm on Sundays. The full menu can be found at: https://hattonarms.com/takeaway-order-form/ Same day orders can be made from midday by calling 01926 492427. Pre-orders can be made by emailing enquiries@hattonarms.com

Generally speaking, while restaurant food deliveries are a deliciously welcome distraction from our own kitchens, I think we’d all agree they are no real alternative to the authentidc dining out experience. But keep supporting them so we can one day (soon) be back to enjoying the original mine host hospitality in a form that we know and love.

Hatton Arms reopens following refurbishment

Hatton Arms reopens following refurbishment

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.

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

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.”

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

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.”

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

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.”

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

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.

Visit: www.hattonarms.com

New look and menu for popular pub

New look and menu for popular pub

THERE are exciting changes afoot at The Hatton Arms in Warwick, which is set to re-open its doors following a refurbishment this month.

With sweeping views of the idyllic Hatton Locks, the country pub has established a reputation among locals for authentic dining and classic British cuisine made with the finest ingredients, often sourced direct from the Hatton Estate.

Hatton Arms, Warwick
Manager Stephanie Ward

Reopening on February 24th the exterior of the pub will adopt a fresh modern look inside and out, including a new porch to enhance the entrance area and create an even more welcoming feel as well as new rear bi-fold doors to open up the terrace area during the summer months.

A new lighter and brighter and contemporary interior also will greet visitors while still staying true to the traditional pub vibe the locals have come to love.

The Hatton Arm’s new lunch and dinner menu will also reflect the pub’s provenance with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh seasonal ingredients. Plus a daily Specials menu 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.

Hatton Arms, Warwick, Hatton Locks
The rear of the pub affords views of the scenic Hatton Locks

Jakub, from Poland, said: “This is classic British cuisine with a little bit of a modern twist, cooked with fresh seasonal ingredients to order. No nonsense, just great food.”

The Hatton Arms on Birmingham Road is celebrating its re-opening at an exclusive Launch Night party on February 29th, including a selection of food and drinks from the new spring menu. BBC CWR presenter Kirsty Leahy will be laying on the evening’s tunes with her DJ set of funk, soul, disco, house classics and party music.

Look out for your chance to win tickets for the launch Night Party in next week’s Warwick Observer.