Mezze for town’s High Street

The White Lion will reopen as a Mezze restaurant

The White Lion will reopen as a Mezze restaurant - Credit: Archant

A POPULAR Portishead pub which has been closed for more than a year will reopen in May.

The White Lion in High Street will be the fifth venue to be opened by family-run Bristol restaurant chain, Mezze Restaurants.

The listed building is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment which will see the introduction of a roof terrace, additional dining space and improved outdoor seating.

Residents concerned they were losing a pub to gain a restaurant have been assured the establishment will maintain a bar area for those who want just a drink.

A company spokesman said: “Our restaurants are popular for their trademark Mediterranean influences but our Portishead venue will include a bar to welcome drinkers in addition to our extensive restaurant areas.

“We believe pubs are the central hub of our local communities and through our continued self-funded investment we are helping to ensure they continue to thrive as the focal point of small towns.

“We are very much looking forward to being a part of the Portishead community.”

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Mezze Restaurants opened its first restaurant, Mezze at the Royal George in Thornbury, in 2008 and now has five outlets, including one in Congresbury, employing more than 100 local residents.

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