OLIVE BRANCH RELAUNCH
The Olive Branch in Wimborne re-opened in June to rave reviews from old and new guests alike. Dorset Brewer, Hall & Woodhouse has completely transformed the Olive Branch following a £700k investment creating an entirely new concept for the brewer and pub operator.
Whilst every area of the public house has been changed, there are still enough of the original features for fans of the original Olive Branch to still feel right at home. In the garden the fire pits and range of tables under heated umbrellas are still there for guests to keep warm on those cooler evenings. The addition of the brand new herb garden and terrace with its wrought iron garden furniture and bountiful pots of different herbs (which the pubs kitchen team use in some of the dishes) create a lovely area to sit, relax and soak up a few rays.
Inside the building guests will still recognise some of the original features which have been lovingly maintained and bought to the fore. These now sit alongside a converted interior that has been split into 4 very distinct zones. As you walk in from the new herb garden part of the old dining room has been transformed into the light and airy “Pantry”, featuring long tables with benches promoting a very communal dining experience. The tables are surrounded by a mix on modern pop art with prints from Roy Lichtenstein and older memorabilia as well as lots sockets and USB charging points so your PC, tablet or phone never need run out of power.
The new “Dining Room” which still allows for a more formal dining experience now surrounds an Open Kitchen which adds a touch of theatre to the dining experience with diners being able to look down the entire cook line as their meals are prepared.
In the centre of the public house you will now find a large skylight that allows the sunlight to cascade through in to the centre of the house making a focal point of what was a dark, forbidding area hitherto. Under the skylight sits the “General Store” where you buy a range of the brewery’s Badger Beer products, the Olive Branch’s home baked beer bread as well as the new selection of coffees and loose leaf teas.
Finally there is a brand new bar area which has been extended offering more tables and chairs for guests who just want a drink. The flagship section of this area features a stunning caved ceiling made out of old Badger beer bottles as well as a view into the glazed cellar allowing guests to see the ale leaving the casks.
Colin Wood, Project Manager commented:
“It was an awesome responsibility to tackle one of the jewels in our crown. The Olive Branch was just starting to show her age but I am delighted with the fresh, new look we’ve delivered. The glass walled cellar and visible kitchen add a measure of theatre and vibrancy as well as honesty about where the food and drink come from. The beer bottle ceiling in the bar is a stunning environment to enjoy a pint, particularly when the candles throw shadows and reflections around the area, a real sense of our history. We have not lost many friends of the old Olive Branch but have gained many new ones which is always very nice.”
James Letherbarrow, Deputy General Manager at the Olive Branch commented: “The Team here at the Olive Branch are absolutely delighted with our new home. We feel that we truly have the place for every occasion in Wimborne, and are extremely proud to show it off to our Guests. They simply love being taken on tour round the building and seeing the fantastic new features, such as the open kitchen and the vaulted Badger bottle beer ceiling in the cellar, where you can see the beers being cared for through the glass wall. The formal dining area has gone down a treat and the herb garden and the pantry area have both proved to expand our clientele, truly making us a home from home to all Wimborne residents.”