THIS IS Southampton’s iconic pub with a unique fantasy theme and one of the city’s largest beer gardens.
The Hobbit, on Bevois Valley Road, now has a burrow-shaped bar with round fake windows, a moss wall, wood paneling and leather upholstery as well as a dungeon-style live music room after its reopening after a Â£ 600,000 renovation.
The room has a stage, professional sound system and space for an audience of 80 people. Glass doors can be opened so that guests can also enjoy groups in the gigantic garden.
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The fantasy theme continues outside with an enchanted forest veranda and an armory-inspired play area sporting two pool tables. The enlarged garden can accommodate 240 people – including 150 covered under shelter – as well as new furniture, plantings and scalloped lighting. An outdoor bar – with draft beer and cider – and a kitchen with stone pizza ovens will serve those who dine al fresco.
A new outdoor stage will allow The Hobbit to build on its musical reputation and host festivals, comedy nights and other events for up to 500 people.
The investment from Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars and Southampton-born and raised operator Jack Andrews also created ten new jobs.
Other improvements include a cellar redesign and the installation of state-of-the-art dispensing equipment to ensure consistently perfect pints. The project also upgraded the washrooms, repainted the exterior and erected a signature entrance. A new food and drink menu will complement the fantastic theme.
The look of the pub is an brainchild of Jack, who also operates The Shooting Star on Bevois Valley Road and The Black Phoenix on Bedford Place and took over The Hobbit in September 2019.
He said: “My plans got even bigger and better during the lockdown. People are desperate for a return to normalcy. It’s fantastic to welcome them back. We are responding to pent-up demand!”
The pub makeover isn’t quite finished yet. A stable and an old-fashioned market place are being installed in the garden.
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