A FORMER Monmouthshire pub has been given a new lease of life as a boutique hotel and bistro, following a £600,000 investment.
The new owner of the former Llangeview Lodge on Chepstow Road, near Usk, which closed more than two years ago, re-opened the venue under a new name as a boutique hotel earlier this year.
The Lodge by Cefn Tilla, featuring 13 contemporary bedrooms and a new bistro dining experience, has been extensively refurbished by local businessman, Robert Evans.
Mr Evans, 51, who owns the Grade-II* Listed country estate Cefn Tilla Court- the exclusive wedding venue in nearby Llandenny and the former home of the late-Lord Raglan, said the venture has created nine jobs for local people and will give the local economy a boost.
The Lodge Bistro by Pickled Pumpkin Catering, officially opened last week (AUG 12) and is a joint venture between Mr Evans and Josh Currall, owner and managing director of Pickled Pumpkin Catering Ltd.
Mr Currall, 29, of Caldicot, who runs his catering business with partner, Beckie Petchey, from their base at the David Broome Event Centre in Portskewett, said that opening a bistro within the hotel is an exciting collaboration.
“We have built a strong relationship with Cefn Tilla, since launching the wedding side of our business last year, so this is an exciting partnership,” he said.
Designed with his Executive Chef, Gareth Hope, their signature menu is inspired by exciting flavours and Pickled Pumpkin’s brand.
“We’re creating seasonal dishes from duck breast with duck fat hash brown and spiced plum ketchup to Tandoori chicken spatchcock with saag aloo and yoghurt flatbread and small plates such as Korean fried chicken boa buns with red cabbage slaw, as well as fun and exciting desserts in a relaxed dining setting,” explained Mr Currall.
The menu features small plates, main courses, steaks, vegan dishes, and sustainable market fish of the day on the specials board.
“Guests are welcome to call in for a drink, sample the small plates, order a sharing platter or enjoy dinner at their leisure,” added Mr Hope.
“We also offer a dining area that can be hired for private functions.”
Mr Evans said: “I’m delighted to team up with Josh on this exciting venture and to be able to provide a focal point for the community.”
“We made a significant investment of £600,000 using local tradesmen to carry out renovation work over several months.”
“As well as creating nine jobs it will provide a much-needed boost for the local economy”, he added.
Monmouth MP David Davies said the bistro and hotel will help to boost tourism in the area.
“It’s fantastic that Rob and Josh have teamed up to bring the former Llangeview Lodge back to life in its new guise following a significant investment,” said Mr Davies.
“The business has created jobs for local people and will help to attract more visitors to the area,” he added.
South-East Wales MS, Laura Anne Jones said: “It was fantastic to celebrate the opening of The Lodge Bistro.”
“The rooms and restaurant look fabulous and, coupled with the delicious food and stunning views, I am sure it will be successful,” she added.
The bistro opens at 8.30am, serving food from 9am Wednesday to Saturday, with Sunday lunches served between midday and 4pm.
Find The Lodge Bistro by Pickled Pumpkin Catering on Facebook at ‘The Lodge Bistro’ or call 01291 440123. For accommodation visit Cefntilla.com