Claytons Bar – all the details on the re-opening

Claytons Marlow
The Claytons Marlow - early stages of refurbishing, still very much a work in progress.

Claytons Marlow
The Claytons Marlow - early stages of refurbishing, still very much a work in progress.

Some years ago, Claytons Bar was transformed from a very traditional old pub into THE place to go in town. At the height of it’s success, the place was incredibly popular and busy – but when the landlord and landlady decided to move on things took a turn for the worse. The place looked the same, but something was missing – and it just wasn’t as popular.

Having been closed (again) for some while, The Claytons is set to reopen on Saturday 2nd July (not Friday 1st as previously stated), and we have spoken to the guys who will be running it to get all the details.

The general theme is a blend of classic and contemporary English. They are trying to generate an environment where people of different age groups will feel equally comfortable coming for a coffee and a cake during the day as having a nice glass of red wine with a cheeseboard in the evening.

Antosh, one of the pair running the bar, said “We are keen to be known for attentive and friendly service with high quality products, whether it be the wines, the cocktails or the charcuterie. We want to keep it simple but perfect.”

Previous incarnations of the Claytons had DJs at weekends, and both Antosh and business partner Aaron are DJs themselves. However they are not planning on following that route and will not have DJs.  Given their background, however, Antosh added that “the music policy, whether it be laid back during the day or more lively at the weekends, has taken a considerable amount of thought and time.”

Inside, not much has been changed structurally, but they are making significant cosmetic changes, but are keeping tight lipped at present – “it is strikingly different, but we are trying to be a little secretive in how it looks so that it is a nice surprise for people when they visit.”

Food will be offered, intended to complement the drink offering – e.g. cheeseboards and charcuterie boards.

Open hours are Thu 9:30am-11pm,Fri 9:30am-1am, Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-10:30pm.
Serving Coffee, Tea & Cakes 7 days a week.  Baby change facilities and  child friendly in the day all week.

Given the past history, the opening is sure to create a fair bit of buzz, and we will of course be visiting for a full review.