A pub which has been closed for two years has reopened this week under new ownership, who are gearing up to launch into the boutique hotel sector early next year.
The Wellington Arms has undergone a £2.5m transformation, headed up by the independently-owned and run Red Mist Leisure, in a bid to turn the venue into a new destination for Basingstoke.
Set within the Wellington Estate, which is owned by The Duke of Wellington and his family, the pub will also open 25 boutique bedrooms in January 2019.
The venture cements a new partnership between the Wellington Estate, which includes Wellington Riding, Wellington Country Park and the Wellington Farm Shop, and Red Mist Leisure as it enters its 15th year.
The new-look Wellington Estate is also home to a cosy snug area, extended bar area, private dining spaces, a corporate meeting room, outside garden terrace and a 160-cover function room, complete with its own entrance, lobby, cloakroom, AV equipment and bar.
The hotel also offers electric car-charging ports.
The kitchen is headed up by chef Jay Williams, who has worked with Red mist Leisure for seven years, with a focus on British classics.
Joe Simkins, general manager, said: “Myself and the team are delighted to be open and look forward to welcoming our customers, both old and new. This pub, with all its offerings and unique location, is a real milestone for Red Mist Leisure as we head into our 15th year.
“We look forward to the challenge in making our pub the heartbeat of the local community.”
Red Mist Leisure comprises nine pubs across Great Hampshire and Surrey.