VIP guests were among the first to experience the Hatton Arms’ new look and menu at a launch party in Warwick on Saturday.

The exclusive event, hosted by owners Johnnie and Arabella Arkwright, included a showcase of food and drinks from the new spring menu plus entertainment from BBC CWR presenter Kirsty Leahy whose DJ set of funk, soul, disco and house classics maintained the party vibe.

More than 100 special guests included former England international cricketer Ian Bell MBE, who lives in Dorridge, and Warwick mayor Councillor Neale Murphy, alongside journalists, business owners and competition winners.

General manager Stephanie Ward hailed the evening a huge success. She said: “Everyone had a great time. We received lots of positive feedback on the night about the refurbishment and as a team we are looking forward to this new chapter for the Hatton Arms.”

The popular country pub, which enjoys sweeping views of the idyllic Hatton Locks, was back in business last week after closing on January 20th for refurbishment.

It hopes to further build on its established reputation locally for authentic dining and classic British cuisine made with the finest ingredients, often sourced direct from the Hatton Estate.

Diners are now able to enjoy an enhanced modern look inside and out, including a new porch creating a more welcoming entrance area and rear bi-fold doors to open up the terrace during the warmer months.

There’s a new lighter, brighter and contemporary interior, while still staying true to the traditional pub vibe the locals have come to love.

The Hatton Arms’ new day and dinner menu will also reflect the pub’s provenance with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh seasonal ingredients, serving the best of Britain’s seasonal treats from the farms, shores and artisan producers.

New extended dining times are Monday-Thursday 12-9pm; Friday and Saturday 12-9.30pm and Sunday 12-8pm. And bar hours are now extended until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The former 18th-century coaching inn is part of the 900-acre Hatton Estate owned by the Arkwright family.