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21st November 2012

Guests struggle to contain their excitement at Hall & Woodhouse Portishead opening



Hall & Woodhouse’s striking new £2.4 million pub-restaurant, built using 28 recycled shipping containers at Portishead Marina, opened its doors for the first time last night and the initial reaction was a mixture of amazement at the structure and respect for the designer and construction team.

Comments from guests included:
“The building is breathtaking; I can’t believe we’re dining inside a shipping container!”
“You have to see it to believe it”
“This stunning location has really put Portishead on the map!”
David Hoare, Retail Director at Hall & Woodhouse says: “Constructing this magnificent pub-restaurant is the culmination of a plan to build something truly special.  Hall & Woodhouse is a family owned brewery, with great hospitality at its core, but with this location we have really pushed the boundaries to create a destination venue that is completely relevant to its setting.  The building has to be seen to fully understand the way it fits within the surrounding maritime landscape.
“We’ve used a total of 28 recycled shipping containers to reflect the stunning dock-side location, and there are even three private dining areas that sit within individual containers, which create a truly unique dining experience – guests can now invite friends for dinner in a private shipping container!
“Hall & Woodhouse caters for all eating and drinking occasions from breakfast, coffee & cakes, and lunch to early and late dinners and is the only place in Portishead where you can get Hall & Woodhouse’s award-winning Badger Cask Ales.
“With built-in 24 hour marina facilities, a beautiful decking area overlooking the water and of course some famous Hall & Woodhouse hospitality, we really hope that this pub-restaurant which has created 55 new jobs for the area becomes a hub of the community as well as an atmospheric destination venue.”
The building itself represents a £2.4m investment in the location and has created 55 new jobs for the area.
For more press information or images please call James Frapwell, Positive PR, tel: 01935 389497 or email
(022) November 2012
Background information:
Today Hall & Woodhouse remains an independent family brewer owned and run by the fifth generation of the Woodhouse family. 2012 has been a year of celebration for the company, Head Brewer, Toby Heasman has been awarded Brewer of the Year by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, and Hall & Woodhouse was awarded The Best Tenanted/Lease Pub Company (10-199 pubs) in the Publican Awards and also Outstanding Corporate Supporter at Naomi Houses’ Corporate Charity Awards for the work of their managed house division.  As one of the leading independent brewers in the UK, Hall & Woodhouse is well known for its range of award-winning ales brewed under the Badger brand and its network of more than 260 public houses throughout the South of England.  This growing estate includes the prestigious H&W Bath, which the Mail on Sunday listed as “one of the six places you should see when visiting Bath.”
James Frapwell
Positive PR Ltd
Tel: 01935 389497
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