The Battleaxes in Wraxall has undergone a major five-week refurb. Flatcappers Ltd, which is under new ownership, has spent £300K transforming the pub with rooms to give it a luxury country chic interior.
Now, those who visit The Battleaxes can expect custom-made furniture, sumptuous leather sofas, cocktail armchairs and luxurious bespoke fabrics teamed with specially commissioned wallpaper with a nod to the building’s Arts and Craft heritage. Lighting-wise, statement pendants hang next to chandeliers and French moulded glass ceiling fitments, while the walls are adorned with local artwork, vintage oil paintings, portraits and taxidermy.
There’s also a revamped menu now on offer: The Battleaxes team have added new grazing dishes such as Wookey Hole Cheddar and leek croquette with sun blushed ketchup, honey and mustard glazed mini sausages and bacon and salt’n’pepper squid with peperonata dip. Mains include aubergine, squash and chickpea tagine with couscous, lemon, coriander and chilli; fish pie with monkfish, cod and king prawns with a potato and breadcrumb top; and a 12-hour cider-braised pork belly, creamed potato, savoy cabbage, crisp pancetta with caramelised apple and cider jus.
The Battleaxes is split into three areas – the main lounge and bar, the Club Room (which is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies) and the lower ground floor vaulted Shindig bar area available for private hire. The team also have plans to landscape the rear garden so that it’s ready for spring 2018 – and the six guest bedrooms upstairs all enjoyed a refurb of their own earlier this year.