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Community pub favourite, the Talisman, set to benefit from major £1.2million refurbishment

October 2021

The Talisman in Park Gate, Southampton, has temporarily closed its doors to undergo a major refurbishment totalling over £1.2million.

The pub has been part of the Hall & Woodhouse (H&W) family since 1983 and sits at the heart of the local community.

Mark James, Property Director at Hall & Woodhouse, said: “We know the Talisman is a much-loved pub, that is popular with locals who enjoy meeting over a pint or a meal with their family. We want the pub to continue serving the community and be a place that our guests choose to visit for many years to come.

“Our aim is to enhance The Talisman by creating a warm and welcoming space that offers great food, drink, and hospitality, from breakfast to bedtime.”

Work began earlier this week to upgrade and carry out a full redecoration to both the internal and external areas of the pub. Guests will soon benefit from the creation of a ‘pantry’ space which is a relaxed dining area where people can meet for everything from fantastic coffee and cakes, through to wonderful pub food and drink. The space will connect to a new landscaped urban garden which will feature a wood burner and extensive outdoor seating, alongside covered areas.

Additionally, there will be an upgraded dining area and a fully refurbished bar area with cosy nooks and crannies, and comfy upholstery to encourage guests to feel at home.

The toilets will be relocated to the first floor to open up the trading area, and throughout the pub, emphasis will be put on bright and airy spaces, with the installation of various skylights.

A nod to Hall & Woodhouse’s 244-year history and the pub’s heritage within the local area will be incorporated in the internal decorations. There will be plenty of quirky features to delight guests’ eyes and discover over repeat visits.

Behind the scenes, upgrades to the kitchen, cellar and team accommodation will also be carried out as part of these works.

Work on The Talisman is due to be completed in February 2022. During its temporary closure, guests are encouraged to visit The Talisman’s sister pub, The Plough Inn Bursledon, which is located just 10 minutes away (www.ploughbursledon.co.uk).

For updates on the refurbishment, please follow The Talisman on Facebook via www.facebook.com/thetalismanhw .