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The Queen Hotel pub reopens after Wetherspoons rebrand

Aldershot opens its doors to the new JD Wetherspoons pub, The Queen Hotel

Manager Sue Mildenhall with staff members Dan Stratton, Charlotte Turner, Hawing 'Laud' Hope and Mayor Cllr Terry Bridgeman
Manager Sue Mildenhall with staff members Dan Stratton, Charlotte Turner, Howling 'Laud' Hope and Mayor Cllr Terry Bridgeman

The pumps at a historic drinking spot in Aldershot are swilling with beer once again following the launch of the town's newest pub.

Mayor of Rushmoor Terry Bridgeman was among the first to sup a freshly-pulled pint after officially reopening The Queen Hotel on Tuesday.

JD Wetherspoon has invested around £2.3m in the High Street premises, after pulling out of a deal to open up in The Arcade shopping centre in April last year.

Wetherspoon went on to purchase The Queen Hotel in May, which eventually saw Dunedin's plans to redevelop The Arcade shelved.

Boasting a fresh selection of real ales from local and regional brewers, a new menu and backing from the Campaign for Real Ales (CAMRA), manager Sue Mildenhall said she was excited to get cracking.

“Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and hotel," she said. "We are confident it will be a great addition to the Aldershot community."

Ms Mildenhall previously managed Wetherspoon pub The Tilly Shilling in Farnborough. The company added the relaunch would create 80 new jobs and the pub would retain its name.

The hotel dates back to Queen Victoria’s reign when Aldeshot was developing into an army town. It was first licensed in 1857 by landlord Horatio Tuddenham and wife Hannah.

The new pub will open 7am to midnight, Sunday to Wednesday, and 7am until 1am on Thursday to Saturday. Food will be served all day until 11pm.

Its walls feature photos and historic information relating to the events and characters of the area, as well as artwork from locals such as David Wade and Cliff Madgwick.

The hotel corridors feature prints of contemporary watercolours by Hampshire artist Sue Colyer and each of the seven bedrooms feature original pieces by students at Farnborough Sixth Form College.

Paul Cowper, chairman of the Surrey-Hants border branch of CAMRA, said: "Some of our local members went down ahead of the launch and were really impressed. They told me the food and the beer was good and that the pub had been modernised considerably.

"I think it'll be a success. We're pleased to see it open. It'll be a good addition to the pub scene in Aldershot and we hope it will stimulate others to follow suite to bring trade and investment.

"Wetherspoon gives staff freedom to buy the real ales and spirits they want to sell, which is something we support - particularly getting local brewers involved. It's a thumbs up from us."

 
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