With the planning application now approved, work is progressing for the Kings Head three-month refurbishment that promises to “keep the traditional detail and design of the building”.
Design improvements will include the removal of the large stainless steel kitchen duct that the new owners feel is too visible from the high street, and greatly improved accessibility with a new disabled parking space and front-door ramp and handrail.
New owners Brasserie Blanc felt that it would be wrong to change the historic name and the plan is to keep part of the premises as a pub that will serve cask ales and as well as great selection of wines – all wine for the group is sourced direct by MD John Lederer and Raymond himself.
Once open for business, the menu will include some regular Brasserie dishes but also more British content such as mutton-steamed pudding with split pea and caper sauce and Newlyn cod, chips and petit pois. A charcoal grill will also be a focal point in the re-design – customers will be able to see their food being cooked whilst they enjoy the fine wine!
TBM (Teddington Builders Merchants) on Station Road is closing down – you can grab some bargains from their stock that includes ex-display items.
In times where we are increasingly hearing the phrase ‘austerity measures’ across much of Europe, this Guardian article explains how ‘austerity chic‘ is becoming popular with women opting for DIY beauty treatments and going to the hairdresser less frequently. Sarah Brown, owner of Tony & Guy in Teddington explains how customers are loath to give up looking their best, but are visiting less often since the recession hit the UK and how time between regular visits have now increased from once every 6 weeks to nearer 8 average. Overall though, Sarah feels lucky to be running a salon in such an affluent area.
Bilas Tandoori is marking its 30th anniversary this weekend by slashing 30% from restaurant bills! You can help them celebrate from Sunday 30th May to Wednesday 2nd June.
The Teddington Arms are also celebrating this extra long weekend with a “Bank Holiday Bonanza” which will include live DJ, karaoke – open until 2am and helping revellers recover on Sunday with a roast dinner and bloody mary!
If you’re a rugby fan and can’t make it to Twickenham on Saturday to cheer on Leicester or the Saracens then how about the next best thing – watching the match in 3D at the Hogarth. If past events are anything to go by, the pub will be pretty packed.