Saucy Kettle in Surbiton re-opens under new management as Copper Kettle

This Is Local London: Landlord Madeline Bartley outside the newly named Copper Kettle Landlord Madeline Bartley outside the newly named Copper Kettle

A Surbiton pub has re-opened after a refurbishment under a new name and new management.

The Copper Kettle, in Brighton Road, formerly the Saucy Kettle, is serving once more following a revamp.

New landlord Madeline Bartley, who worked at the pub for 18 years before taking over the management, has promised a more “chilled out” atmosphere at the establishment, to appeal to a more mature crowd.

She said: “It has changed quite a lot.

"All the sports paraphernalia on the walls, that's all gone.

"We’ve sandblasted the walls, brought in leather sofas and put artwork on the walls, all by local artists.

"I want to make it feel more comfortable and brighter."

Previously, the Saucy Kettle had a reputation around town as Surbiton's problem pub - the establishment most likely to attract drink-related trouble.

That was due in part to its late night entry policy and weekend opening hours, which saw the pub close at 2.30am.

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Mrs Bartley said she wanted to make the pub "brighter and more comfortable"

But Mrs Bartley has promised to turn the venue's image around - and would be reducing the Copper Kettle's opening times.

"Before hand, you had people coming in at midnight who had already had a lot to drink and it just got messy," she said.

"We'll still be having discos, but last entry will be 11pm and we'll be closing at 1.30am.

"The music will be different too. I want something more chilled out. I want to attract a more mature crowd."

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Madeline Bartley wants a fresh start as landlord of the Copper Kettle

The new landlord said the pub would also be serving food once the kitchen had been refurbished.

And Mrs Bartley is hoping to bring in more people during the day, particularly families.

"I want people to come here and see the difference," she said. "I want them to realise how much things have changed."

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7:48am Mon 9 Jun 14

emelem says...

Good luck, Madeline! :-)
Good luck, Madeline! :-) emelem
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12:37pm Mon 9 Jun 14

kingstonpaul says...

Why is this news? File under 'advertorial'
Why is this news? File under 'advertorial' kingstonpaul
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9:05am Wed 11 Jun 14

chramies says...

Good luck to them. Considering a lot of the pubs in the area have closed down in the last few years it's encouraging to see one making a new start.
Good luck to them. Considering a lot of the pubs in the area have closed down in the last few years it's encouraging to see one making a new start. chramies
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Wed 11 Jun 14

DB says...

I hope this goes well. The Surbiton pub scene has really improved over the last few years with most of the 'bad' ones now gone. A couple have had to shut down completely (Corky's Bar and the Rat & Parrot), but the Surbiton Flyer has been a miraculous turnaround.

The Saucy Kettle was the worst pub left in the area, so hopefully Madeline and her team can turn that one around in a similar way.
I hope this goes well. The Surbiton pub scene has really improved over the last few years with most of the 'bad' ones now gone. A couple have had to shut down completely (Corky's Bar and the Rat & Parrot), but the Surbiton Flyer has been a miraculous turnaround. The Saucy Kettle was the worst pub left in the area, so hopefully Madeline and her team can turn that one around in a similar way. DB
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