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First Muddy newsflash of the year

New year, new openings in Somerset, Dorset and Bristol: from a luxe cocktail bar to an oil rig turned art installation

Read on for the latest need-to-knows in our patch…

NEW HOTEL: Nici Hotel Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s answer to the Miami’s South Beach lifestyle: the newly refurbed Savoy Hotel on Westcliff, opening this summer. Now part of the Nici Hotel group, the £20 million redevelopment of the Bournemouth landmark has a cliff-top location with views over Bournemouth Bay, The Purbecks and the Isle of Wight, direct access to super sandy beaches, the Southbeach bar, restaurant and terrace, landscaped gardens and (of course) a feature pool. A fleet of bicycles, activities centre and children’s club should keep everyone entertained.

NEW (OLD) OPEN AIR POOL: The Cleveland Pools, Bath

Poster by designer and artist Catherine Phelps,

Get ready to dive in to Britain’s oldest lido. Built over 200 years ago, Clevedon Pools are scheduled to reopen this summer after years of campaigning, refurbishment and a £6.1m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

NEW COCKTAIL BAR: Dirty Martini, Bristol

We’re feeling shaken and stirred: Dirty Martini has just opened on Corn Street in the heart of Bristol’s old city. Every kind of martini and other cocktails, with bottomless martini brunch, live DJs, and sax players. We’ll take that.

NEW VISITOR CENTRE: World Heritage Centre, Bath

The brand new visitor centre (next to the Roman Baths and scheduled to open around Easter) sounds like the first place to head if you want to discover the history and heritage of Bath. The displays give a brilliant overview of the whole story and point you in the right directions to explore further.

NEW RESTAURANT: The Cow and Sow, Bristol

Whilst the star attractions at this brand new, all-day chophouse in Queen’s Square are the dry-aged steaks and prime cuts from some of the best butchers in the South West, there are fish and veggie dishes too.

NEW ART INSTALLATION: SEE MONSTER, Weston-super-Mare

A decommissioned offshore platform from the North Sea is being turned into a vast, free art installation encompassing science, technology, engineering and the arts on the site of iconic Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare, north Somerset. Part of a UK-wide project Unboxed: Creativity in the UK and due to open this summer.

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