Happy times to come at Eastfield Inn
HENLEAZE Road pub, The Eastfield Inn, is returning to its roots with a 1930s look.
The pub has been taken over by Westbury Park pub and kitchen owner James Savage, and was due to reopen on May 26.
James has a team of builders and gardeners working to restore the interior to a look similar to its original appearance.
No changes have been made to the layout of the interior but most of the furniture, lighting and art has been replaced, there is a new colour scheme and mature plants have been added.
“Everything we use is vintage,” says James. “We’ve restored some design elements in the pub and are using existing vintage rugs, furniture, lighting and picture frames. The garden room is being improved and the skittles area is restored and redecorated.”
The chef’s food will consist of freshly cooked pub classics plus an occasional pop-up guest menu, which will run alongside the main menu. James believes that there is room in the garden to invite in specialist street traders, the first of which may be a Thai pop-up.
A large new play area from Little House Bristol has been commissioned. Designed on site to get the best fit for the area, it is due to be installed early in June, ready for little ones to explore. The garden benches have been restored and new trees and plants added to enhance the generous-sized garden.
James says: “The pond is looking great now that it’s restored. We emptied it and added new plants.
“It’s always been an important part of the pub to have a family-friendly garden, so that it’s safe for kids to play outdoors. We have family areas set aside within the pub too and want to continue the legacy of being a family-friendly pub.
“I’m excited to have a function space at the Eastfield Inn. It will run alongside the Westbury Park pub, and can serve up birthday parties galore which aren’t possible at that site as it’s so open in design.
“I want people from the local residential areas to use the facilities. The Eastfield Inn is aimed at local people - I hope they come and enjoy the revamped space.”