The Charlton in Keynsham to benefit from £585,000 revamp

The Charlton in Keynsham to benefit from £585,000 revamp

The Charlton in Keynsham has closed for three months for a major £585,000 revamp by Heineken owned Star Pubs & Bars1 that will see the local upgraded and transformed into the best family-friendly pub in the area.

When it reopens late February with new operators, Alison Jordann and Scott Janes at the helm, it will be the only family-friendly pub in the area to offer food, coffee, BT and Sky sports and live entertainment as well as craft beers and premium quality drinks.  15 full and part-time new jobs are being created on the back of the changes. 

The Charlton is being completely overhauled from top to bottom increasing the number of covers inside from 30 to 105.

Changes inside include a new sports bar extension with large HDTV screen, upholstered bar stools and high tables and drinks shelves, feature wallpaper and timber wall panelling; a bar area featuring a reclaimed timber-clad bar with decorative floor tiles, timber flooring and tables and chairs and two HDTV screens; and a warm and welcoming carpeted dining area with a fireplace and mix of seating styles including upholstered bench style booth seating in three eight-person booths each with a small HDTV screen. 

The loos are also having a top to toe makeover bringing them up to the standard of the rest of the pub, and a new disabled loo is being fitted, designed to make the pub accessible to more local residents.  The kitchen is also being upgraded to enable the pub to offer great quality pub food.

Outside, The Charlton is being given a fresh cream coloured render, a smarter look which will enhance the neighbourhood. The entrance to the car park is being moved and the pub’s garden will become a feature with a children’s play area, new planting and a spacious patio with seating for 52 for alfresco eating and dining during warmer months.  Sail style shades will provide cover during hot summer days and festoon lighting create a magical ambience in the evenings.

The new menu will include traditional pub favourites such as pies, steaks, burgers, fish and chips and curries and a cracking Sunday lunch.  There will be vegan and vegetarian options as well as a children’s menu with special kid-sized cutlery and crockery.  The pub will open in the morning for breakfast, coffee and cakes.

The extensive drink selection will include craft, cask and local ales, wines for different budgets, ciders and a wide choice of gins.  The latest beer dispense technology, a HEINEKEN Smart Dispense system, is being installed to produce consistently superior quality draught beer and cider.

Alison met Keynsham born and bred Scott Janes five years ago when working as a Community Development Manager for the management company overseeing the new facility at Fry's.  Scott managed the hospitality at the Old Frys Club and transferred the bars and hospitality over to the new Somerdale Pavilion community venue.  They both moved on to manage Longwell Green Community Centre, which is home to Junior and Senior Football, also home to many local community groups, charities and clubs, and over 700 children and families using the facility for sports and social.  Most recently the partners have successfully turned around The Prince of Wales, Peasedown St John which prior to them taking on its temporary management had been closed for nine months. 

They will be joined at The Charlton by Alison's Daughter, Kelly, who will be building the social media platform alongside the marketing and advertising of the Community pub.

The partners are keen for The Charlton to be a hub of the community and will open it up as a meeting place for local organisations and good causes and make activities and entertainment a focus. Quiz and music nights, parent’s coffee mornings and family fun days are all part of their plan for the pub.

Says Alison:  “With Scott being a local and popular individual in the town of Keynsham, we both identified The Charlton as an ideal spot for us to run a vibrant pub for the community.  For me, it will be fantastic to pick up again with local residents and the community-based groups I was in contact with before. 

“We’re both going to be living at the pub and are very much looking forward to becoming part of the community and making the pub central to the social life of local residents.  We want The Charlton to be accessible to everyone. Residents will now be able to enjoy coffee, food and entertainment on their doorstep, which previously they had to travel a mile for.”

Says Neil Convery, Star Pubs & Bars Regional Operations Director: “The Charlton is in a fantastic location with no other pubs in the immediate vicinity.  And with several very big housing developments on the horizon, there is more of a need than ever for a family-friendly local where new and existing residents can come together.

“Alison and Scott are passionate about social cohesion and creating a community spirit and so are the ideal candidates to take the pub forward.  They know the area well and are very much looking forward to making The Charlton the beating heart of south Keynsham.

“As a great advocate of the Great British local, HEINEKEN has invested £50 million this year in pubs like The Charlton helping them keep pace with peoples’ changing needs and expectations so that they can thrive for the long term.”