Landmark pub to open in April
ONE of Weston’s most well-known pubs is set to re-open next month.
Brothers Chris and Mike Sanders, owners of The Imperial, say that the landmark watering hole will open its doors in time for the Easter break.
The businessmen, former owners of the Queens Arms in Bleadon, purchased the South Parade venue last year because of its rich history.
Joint managing director of the family-run business Chris said: “My brother Mike and I bought the building last autumn and have been refurbishing the site ever since.
“The makeover has cost us hundreds of thousands of pounds and the building has really been brought into the 21st century with regards new d�cor, furnishings, kitchen and toilets.
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“We plan to host an official unveiling event before the Easter break on April 20.”
Chris and Mike, whose main business interest is IT company INTY, had planned to re-open The Imperial as a brasserie before Christmas but had to delay the opening for works to be carried out.
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Chris added: “It would have been good to open the doors so we could benefit from the early spring trade but it was important to us to get it just how we wanted it before we invited the general public in.
“Going forward, we want to make sure people know that The Imperial is no longer a pub and that it is changing.
“The Imperial’s future is all about excellent food at excellent prices, good old-fashioned, friendly customer service and an ambience you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the area.”
The historic venue, which is 650 square metres in total, will seat 150 people and provide work for more than 25 staff.