Bristol bar gets the boutique treatment after Hotel du Vin takeover

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A bar in Bristol has gone under the knife following its takeover by boutique hotel stalwart, Malmaison Hotel du Vin.

The White Lion in Clifton, which is part of the Avon Gorge Hotel that overlooks Bristol’s suspension bridge, has undergone a six-week refurbishment to transform its interiors, following its acquisition by Malmaison Hotel du Vin in November last year.

The group already runs its boutique hotel in Narrow Lewins Mead.

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The new-look White Lion now boasts long wooden tables to encourage communal dining, while the walls have been painted charcoal grey, complemented by copper light fixtures.

Paul Roberts, CEO of Malmaison Hotel du Vin, said the last thing they wanted to do was alienate people from the hugely popular pub, but instead make it a nicer environment, and more importantly, a place to come and enjoy good food.

The menu at The White Lion has now been given a transformation too, with Hotel du Vin head chef Matt Powell drafted in to work with the team.

They’ve also teamed up with Brew Dog, to offer a more varied selection of drinks.

The newly refurbished White Lion will officially open to the public in the next couple of weeks, and a refurbishment of the hotel rooms at the Avon Gorge, and the next-door restaurant will follow.

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