THE KINGS Arms in Christchurch is due to reopen today after a £500,000 refurbishment.

The hotel on Castle Street will be throwing open the doors to its brand-new restaurant concept on Friday March 6; to be known simply as ‘The Kings’.

The extensive refurbishment includes a complete restyling of the entire ground-floor, to become a relaxed, free-flowing restaurant, bar and lounge.

In a statement provided by the hotel said: “Featuring a vibrant new design, alongside comfortable furnishings and eclectic artwork, guests are welcome to dine, drink and relax anywhere they please.

“The main restaurant now features a window looking into the newly refurbished kitchen, allowing diners to watch the chefs at work.”

As well as a new layout, the hotel also has a new menu, including specialised stone baked oven for pizzas, flat breads and slow cooked dishes, all with a local twist courtesy of Chef Patron Alex Aitken.

“Working with great local suppliers, Alex and the team consistently deliver menus that showcase the best local produce – from breakfast through to late night drinks, morning pastries to superb new lunch dishes – the emphasis is on feeling comfortable,” said a spokesman from the hotel.

The hotel will also be hosting regular cookery shows and monthly Supper Clubs, as well as frequent special events and one-off nights.

The 20 bedrooms at The Kings Arms have also been given a facelift, with new soft furnishings and a fresh, light and airy style.