A new £4mn Beggarwood pub will open this September in Basingstoke.

Hall & Woodhouse acquired the site last year but were delayed in opening as construction work was temporarily paused during the lockdown.

Mark James, Property Director at Hall & Woodhouse, said: “Although we were aiming to welcome guests to The Holly Blue a little earlier, we are confident that the new pub will be well worth the wait.

"As a business, we are dedicated to bringing a beautiful pub to Beggarwood and provide guests with a hospitable and a quality experience for the whole community to enjoy safely.”

Hall & Woodhouse commissioned Irish artist, Tonya Clifford, to make bespoke wire sculptures for the pub’s swing signs.

The hand-made butterfly artwork took the artist 100 hours to complete and is made of 8,000 blue beads spanning across the wings that measure one metre in size.

Commenting on the interior of the pub, Mark said: “We want every guest to feel at home and safe in our pub. Therefore, it’s key that it is warm and welcoming – a special place that lifts the spirits when you walk in, where you can relax and enjoy yourself, safe in the knowledge that you will be well looked after.

"We have also implemented a number of measures, in light of the current times, to prioritise guests’ safety.

“Our teams have gone to great lengths to find and use reclaimed materials wherever possible throughout the build, to give The Holly Blue a traditional, yet unique feel.”

Dan Putty, Hatchwarren and Beggarwood conservative councillor, said: “I am so delighted and excited for the opening of The Holly Blue.

"I am over the moon that residents will be able to enjoy such a wonderful and unique pub, with their friends and family.

“I thank Hall & Woodhouse for this much-needed landmark destination that will bring great joy to those living in and visiting the area.”