Walton-on-Thames High Street has had another boost with a £325,000 investment into the award-winning pub that locals’ thought might close for good, reopening Friday 22nd September.
Stonegate Pub Company bought the Regent from JD Wetherspoon in February 2017 with the promise of significant investment amidst a 498-signature petition against its closure.
True to word, the pub has been completely refurbished with a contemporary new modern décor, contemporary lighting, a touch of twee crushed velvet, and the piece de resistance, Walton’s first big High Street sports viewing amenity. Three Sky and BT Sports boxes, eight high-tech HD TVs, and big screen offer full coverage from any seat in the pub; there’s even table service during big matches, and ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ sharer five bitess for £10.25 proving this is a very much a modern pub.
The opening on Friday 22nd offers guests a free glass of fizz and menu tasters from 5-7pm when the Mayor of Elmbridge will join CAMRA and brewers from Hogsback Brewery, Twickenham fine ales, Windor and Eaton Brewery and Surrey Hills Brewery to officially launch the Regent before the house DJ, yes The Regent with music, livens up the party from 9pm.
Manager of four years Matt Lettington said: “I love this pub and I love Walton so when Stonegate walked in and said they were prepared to invest such a huge sum of money, completely transforming the look of the pub, I couldn’t believe our luck.
“We’re proud of our beer reputation being in the CAMRA Good Beer guide four years in a row and voted Pub of the Year 2016, that won’t change. But by adding such a modern sports offer, bookable space on the Mezzanine, and music, it makes us the best pub on the High street.”
Already protecting previous jobs, the investment has created seven new roles. New products hit the already well-stocked bar including Peroni and craft beer Camden Hells joining Brewdog Punk IPA and Blue Moon whilst cask ales launch with a festival from the 22nd September - 31st October showcasing autumn-winter hops and tones. Joining trends, ‘Seven Deadly Gins’ with a range of mixers and garnishes, and cocktails move to 241 all day every day.
Breakfast serves 8am-midday every day without the need to ever buy more than one cup of coffee a morning with unlimited, bottomless top ups. The new King’s Feast has been so popular, that remains with daily offers, two for £8.49, and man vs food dishes such as the ‘King’s Feast Challenge Burger’ - not for the faint-hearted, four 6oz beef burgers, cheese and bacon, a breaded chicken schnitzel and pulled chicken and chorizo, served with 10 onion rings, double chips, garlic bread and a smoky mayonnaise sauce!
There’s one other thing that won’t be changing and that is, Matt says, because customers asked to keep the name that goes with the great beer reputation.
Other reasons to visit include Monday poker; Friday DJ; and Sunday Quiz night.
For more information please contact:
0208 605 3544