Rapid room uptake for Wetherspoons’ latest hotel venture after mega makeover

Pub chain JD Wetherspoons has now opened bedrooms at its site in Andover, following a £3.4m refurbishment project.

The new upstairs hotel and rooftop garden at The John Russell Fox have now launched for business, with the pub group saying that 15 bedrooms out of the 30 total were booked out for the first day.

Artwork across the hotel, featuring works by Roman Way Primary School pupils, have used a media theme in keeping with the building’s previous use as the Andover Advertiser offices.

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The site of the new hotel is 10 High Street, the former home of the Andover Advertiser, founded by John Russell Fox who produced the first edition at this address on 1 January 1858.

The premises were rebuilt by the Fox family 10 years later, but, in the same year, a new proprietor took over. In 1876, the paper changed hands again, to James Charles Holmes. The Holmes family then ran the Andover Advertiser for 110 years, until 1986.

The refurbishment project for the hotel development started in September last year, with the pub element reopening in December 2017.

Pub manager Barry Price said: “It is great for Andover where else can you get this kind of view.

“When the sun is shining it is going to be beautiful.

“Because we have been open for so long it is just great to have an extra bit, it is great for the town.”

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