Monday 13 January 2014
JD Wetherspoon at Beaconsfield MSA
JD Wetherspoon is to open its new facility in Beaconsfield on Tuesday, January 21, with the creation of 120 new jobs.
The company has spent £1.18 million developing the outlet at the Extra Motorway Service Area, located adjacent to Junction 2 of M40 Motorway.
The Wetherspoon restaurant and licensed bar facility, which will be called The Hope and Champion and is to be managed by Steve Baldwin.
Beaconsfield is situated 25 miles west of London and was the first stop on the coaching route to Oxford (now the A40, parallel with the M40). The Universal British Directory of 1792 states that ‘the New Machine passes through Beaconsfield’. Forty years later, the Hope, Union, Telegraph and Champion stagecoaches all passed through the town on their way from London. The Hope carried passengers to Warwick and the Champion to Hereford.
The new premises will be open from 4am until 1am seven days a week, with licensed alcohol being sold from 9am. Hot food will be served throughout the day, until 11pm every day.
The Hope and Champion will serve a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks, plus tea and coffee with free refills (until 2pm), which will be priced below the company average to reflect the location of the premises, as well as real ale from local and regional brewers.
The new-look restaurant and licensed bar, is attractively designed on two floor levels with picturesque views over the Lake and Woodlands to the southwest. There is an attractive external rear terrace and comfortable well designed internal and external customer seating areas. There is also pavement café style area to the front of the premises, where smoking will be permitted in a designated area.
Photos, local history, artwork and information boards relating to the history and characters of the area will be displayed throughout the premises.
Among the commissioned artwork pieces, by local artists, are a limited edition print, from an original painting by Christine Bass, entitled ‘Near Ivinghoe Beacon’ and an original oil on canvas by Kate Noble, entitled ‘All Roads Lead to Somewhere’.
Manager Steve Baldwin said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into The Hope and Champion