Taunton nightlife: Nightclub set to open; The Knights Rest pub closes

This is The West Country: The former Que Pasa site on High Street. The former Que Pasa site on High Street.

CLUBBERS can look forward to another nightclub coming to Taunton next month, the County Gazette can reveal.

The mystery over the future of the former Que Pasa site in High Street can come to an end after new owners Bar Fever were handed the keys yesterday (February 17).

Last month, Marstons, who own the building, poured cold water on any nightclub hopes at the site saying there was 'no immediate plans' for the venue.

But the County Gazette can reveal that contractors have started work on Fever & Boutique and the venue will open on Thursday, March 27.

Manager Nikki Mitchell said the venue will open Thursday to Saturday and will offer clubbers two rooms with two DJ's playing music “for everybody”.

Mystery has surrounded the venue since October when work was expected to start on a nightclub called L8.

At the time, an application was made to Taunton Deane Council to extend the licence for live and recorded music to 3.30am, including alterations to replace the kitchen with a dance floor and seating.

The application also said there were plans to make the ground floor bar smaller but extend the first floor bar.

Nikki said she did not have any specific details on what their opening hours will be at this stage.

It has been a mixed week for the pub scene in Taunton as The Knights Rest pub, previously called The Drawing Room and Winchester Arms, in Castle Green, closed today (February 18) despite only being re-opened four weeks ago by the building's owners Enterprise Inns.

The County Gazette understands the latest closure is due to low turnover since the doors were re-opened and it is understood there are talks to turn the venue into an Indian curry house.

We are waiting for a response from an Enterprise Inns spokesperson.

This is The West Country: The Knights Rest, formally The Drawing Room and the Winchester Arms.

The Knights Rest.

 

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1:20pm Tue 18 Feb 14

swjoduk says...

Interesting, the old Winch would make a nice restuarant, the building would suit a company like Ask. Not aware of any chain Indian Restaurants?

There seems to have been very little reporting of Dorset Brewing Company no longer running Castle Green Inn or whatever it is called now. It is apparently now run by the people who run The Market House?

Can't really comment on the club as this is not my scene. Would be good if they did have a night and the size for live bands and could attract bands from all over the country who are just making it like when we had Kasabian, Ordinary Boys, etc years ago
Interesting, the old Winch would make a nice restuarant, the building would suit a company like Ask. Not aware of any chain Indian Restaurants? There seems to have been very little reporting of Dorset Brewing Company no longer running Castle Green Inn or whatever it is called now. It is apparently now run by the people who run The Market House? Can't really comment on the club as this is not my scene. Would be good if they did have a night and the size for live bands and could attract bands from all over the country who are just making it like when we had Kasabian, Ordinary Boys, etc years ago swjoduk
  • Score: 4

3:25am Wed 19 Feb 14

markyboy123 says...

It will still attract skanky clunge.
It will still attract skanky clunge. markyboy123
  • Score: 3

8:39am Wed 19 Feb 14

bkp123 says...

In response to the above comment yes, The Castle Green Inn is no longer run by the Dorset Brewing Company. Since January 2014 the pub has been run by the Kings Arms (Somerset) Ltd group. The Castle Green Inn will remain the name of the establishment which now serves food under a new head chef between 12-3 and 6-9 daily and 12 - 6 on Sundays with live jazz bands between 12.30 and 3 every Sunday lunch. A great reputation for real ales has long been a key feature of the pub and the aim is to continue this with a fine selection of well kept local and guest ales on offer every day
In response to the above comment yes, The Castle Green Inn is no longer run by the Dorset Brewing Company. Since January 2014 the pub has been run by the Kings Arms (Somerset) Ltd group. The Castle Green Inn will remain the name of the establishment which now serves food under a new head chef between 12-3 and 6-9 daily and 12 - 6 on Sundays with live jazz bands between 12.30 and 3 every Sunday lunch. A great reputation for real ales has long been a key feature of the pub and the aim is to continue this with a fine selection of well kept local and guest ales on offer every day bkp123
  • Score: 4

11:42am Fri 21 Feb 14

cutts123 says...

does anyone have the contact details for nikki mitchell, the to be manager of what used to be que pasa as i have some business proposals for her
does anyone have the contact details for nikki mitchell, the to be manager of what used to be que pasa as i have some business proposals for her cutts123
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