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.


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“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.

For more details visit www.mezzerestaurants.com

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