‘Clubby rather than pubby’ was promised at Hereford wine bar

‘Clubby fairly than pubby’ was promised at Hereford wine bar (Graphic: Hereford Instances)

‘CLUBBY fairly than pubby’ was the assure as a new wine bar opened in Hereford’s Commercial Street in 1986.

Chasers Bar, which promised to be a “definitely contemporary” and entirely-licensed wine bar opened its doors to customers that yr.

Hereford Times: Howell and Jackie Ash with Mike Charles

Hereford Times: Howell and Jackie Ash with Mike Charles

Howell and Jackie Ash with Mike Charles (Picture: Hereford Periods)

Homeowners previous SAS staff members sergeant Howell Ash and his spouse Jackie mentioned the bar was particularly properly-suited to the company neighborhood at lunchtimes, offering espresso, wine, and swift lunches like lasagne, chilli con carne, and stuffed jacket potatoes, as properly as a “fall of the more powerful stuff”.

The pair hoped to bring in youthful prospects in the night, offering a evening out in good surroundings.

Hereford Times: Cocktail waitress Dawn at Chasers Bar

Hereford Times: Cocktail waitress Dawn at Chasers Bar

Cocktail waitress Dawn at Chasers Bar (Image: Hereford Occasions)

Staff were to maintain to a ‘dressy’ dress code, with bow ties, waistcoats, and attractive attire essential in preserving with the cocktail bar concept.

Inside the bar, established from the ‘overspill’ location of Mr Ash’s Golden Galleon upcoming doorway, a plant-lined lobby led to a pink and maroon themed principal home, with pink plush seating and cane household furniture.

Hereford Times: Diane Bennett at Chasers Bar in 1989

Hereford Moments: Diane Bennett at Chasers Bar in 1989

Diane Bennett at Chasers Bar in 1989 (Graphic: Hereford Instances)

By 1989, the bar had been taken around by hospitality veterans Colin and Diane Bennett, who, the Hereford Instances claimed at the time, experienced crafted “an enviable track record” during their time in demand of King Street’s Spread Eagle pub.

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An extensive facelift saw the premises altered to accommodate up to 30 people in the upstairs cafe and lounge bar, wherever everything from bar snacks to comprehensive-scale a la carte foods have been on supply, whilst downstairs in the bar itself there was a lot of place for a peaceful consume and a snack from the “in depth menu”.

Hereford Times: Host Colin Bennett and assistant manager Richard Foskett in 1989

Hereford Situations: Host Colin Bennett and assistant manager Richard Foskett in 1989

Host Colin Bennett and assistant manager Richard Foskett in 1989 (Impression: Hereford Instances)

The metropolis centre location was out there to use, with unique celebration menus available from £7.95 for each head, even though the common menu promised every thing from pate and ploughmans to swordfish steaks.

The bar would later on turn into the Long Bar, now Bar 62, whilst the upstairs grew to become residence to The Glass Tandoori.

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