The Slug and Lettuce on Palmerston Road has created four new jobs as the team prepare to close to make way for an investment of almost £200,000. Not only will the bar reopen with a fantastic, stylish new-look, residents and guests to Southsea will get to sample Slug and Lettuce’s new menu a week before the rest of the country.

The Slug and Lettuce closes after trading on Sunday 10th March and will reopen to the public from 7pm on Friday 22nd March – the perfect start to the weekend! General manager, Kelly Rainey who has been with Slug and Lettuce for over twelve years and recently moved to Southsea to take over as manager of the site has organised an opening weekend to remember. On Friday, fire-eaters and stilt walkers will welcome guests as they walk down the purple carpet (Slug’s signature colour) and music will be provided by DJ Keano.

A cocktail master class has also been organised for Friday night where up to 25 guests can learn to make a selection of cocktails including classics such as cosmopolitans and mojitos. Bite size tasters of the new menu will also be available as will the offer of two-for-one on all cocktails including drinks from the delicious new range inspired by the exotic flavours of Asia.

Saturday sees Slug and Lettuce’s resident DJ, Sean Linman play a mix of hits which are guaranteed to get everyone up on the new dance floor. On Sunday, families can rest up and relax at the Slug and Lettuce and take advantage of Kids Eat for £1 when an adult is dining. There’s no need to fear the start of the working week as Slug and Lettuce takes the pain away with their famous Happy Mondays where guests can get 50% off food available all day.

The Slug and Lettuce in Southsea will also be introducing a new exclusive offer for mothers and babies, 25% off food on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. To be eligible for the discount, simply pop into the Slug and Lettuce, request a card and bring it with you the next time you visit.

Speaking about the opening weekend and the investment, Kelly Rainey, general manager of the Slug and Lettuce said: “The team and I are really excited about the planned investment. The refurbishment comes at just the right time and we can’t wait to see the transformation.

“Changes to the Slug and Lettuce include a new lighting and sound system, which will create a brilliant atmosphere of a night time, new furnishings which include a number of new VIP booths and the introduction of full table service for our guests. This, combined with the very best customer service, will give our customers a quality experience and will set us apart from our competitors.

“We’ll also be operating to new opening hours when we re-open after the investment. We’ll be open for breakfast from 8am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 8-10am we’ve got a great offer where you can get half price breakfasts.

“So much about the Slug and Lettuce will be new and exciting. We are thrilled that we’ll be the first Slug and Lettuce to showcase the new menu. Lighter, fresher, healthier options have been introduced to the menu where selected dishes are under 500 calories and we’ve enhanced the menu by adding to some of our favourite dishes including new choices in the burger range, adding a delicious spicy chicken tostada flatbread and offering customers something a little spicy with hot wings smothered in Frank’s Hot Dipping sauce.

“The opening weekend is just the start of the host of activity we’ve got organised. We’ll be open until 3am over the Easter weekend and have already started planning some great entertainment to celebrate.”

For more information about the VIP opening weekend at Slug and Lettuce and to get your name on the guest list or take part in the cocktail master class, there are a number of ways you can get in touch. You can email the Slug and Lettuce on [email protected], contact them via their Facebook page or tweet them on @SlugSouthsea.