Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Midas Well Renovate


Readers have been wondering what has been going on at the Midas Touch pub over the last few weeks. Well yes, readers can see that there are renovations going on but in aid of what?

Well the blog can report that yes, they are in the midst of major renovation works. As well as a complete change of décor, the most noticeable changes will be a new entrance at the side of the pub and wall (with a large door) separating the restaurant area off from the bar area.

The owners who have owned the business for over four years told the blog that they want to improve the dining experience and attract new people to the pub who might still associate it with the Huntsman’s Hall (and it’s 'slightly' rougher image.) It seems such was it's reputation that the previous set of renovations wasn't quite enough.


Work began in the first week of September and is scheduled to finish within the next two weeks. In addition to this work, They are looking to landscape the garden area before next summer which will include planting a row of trees along the Central Road edge to make it a little more secluded. I for one look forward to seeing that – I’ve always thought there is a lot of potential there! And there's still talk of a children's playground at the back.


15 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Joseph said...

I hope it's like the Spring Tavern in Ewell

Notablogger said...

Good to see them investing in it further. I can't see how the Midas Toduh name will fit with the new concept and new colours. Great that they are moving away from the bizarre chintzy gold bling nightclub look, but they should lose the silly name along with it.

Change of name said...

On the subject of a name, I've never liked 'Midas Touch', which feels a bit early 1980s. Taking something from local history, what about "the Ophelia Inn"? [Being as John Everett Millais took the background to his Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece along the nearby Hogsmill and the painting 'Ophelia' itself would make quite a striking pub sign]. Besides, an arty image of a Victorian woman floating in a lake is hardly a magnet for the lager lout market that the Huntsman's Hall and Cazbar attracted!


Alternatively, since there is now a vacancy, what about the "Worcester Park Tavern"?

Guest said...

Definitely think they should change the name - Midas Touch sounds so dated and tacky - like dodgy bar on the Costa Del Sol

Jocypri1 said...

Nice to see another member of Worcester Park putting some money back in to their business, but i cant help but think the money would have been better spent on some "people skills" classes for their staff. Every time i go in there they seem totally put out by my requesting a drink, and act like it's a total inconvenience for them to serve me. It's so bad that i don't frequent as often any more - i prefer to walk up to the North End where the staff greet you with a smile!

Nichu said...

I agree. When I went in it was empty but we ended up getting our own menus as no one seemed to notice that a party of six had arrived. Food was ok. The proposed drawings look lovely though and it's a good location so will be back.

Also agree regarding the name. Sounds more like it belongs in Faliraki, not Worcester Park.

Notablogger said...

Agreed. The staff in there are consistently terrible. Zero customer service skills. The only pub where the staff seem annoyed to be interrupted if you ask them for a drink.

chris said...

I agree completely that the name has to change. The Midas touch is such an uncool and uninviting name. Something more traditional like Fuller's pubs names would be good. I will definitely go if the decor is less cheesy, the staff are more friendly and most importantly the pub needs some atmosphere without attracting louts! When i have been there before there was a tiny area out front for drinking and a massive (and always empty) area at the back for dining. Why cant the pub just embrace people going for a drink and then perhaps they will want to order food as well once they are having an enjoyable time? A separate dining area is silly if there are no customers. Worcester Park Blog readers - time to start the campaign to change the name!

Parkerilla said...

I'd hoped they were making alterations in order to install separate toilets for the restaurant area so their is no excuse for children going through the bar. Some parents seem to settle down for their meal and let the children run off to play unsupervised in the rest of the pub, the bar area can be chaos with children running around screaming, playing hide and seek and even using the furniture as trampolines with no parents in sight. The restaurant side having its own toilets so children can be stopped from going into the bar area might help things.

Chris said...

Hopefully they will ditch the disco they have blaring out on a Friday night as it doesn't contribute to an up market feel that the pub is trying to promote

Seeking a quiet coffee in KT4 said...

What about changing the name to Midas Créche and instead of a disco, having a children's competitive screaming contest on Friday nights? ...Whoever produces the most decibels wins! [Something similar seems to have already caught on in Costa Chavee, up the road].

Sarah said...

I stopped going in there. The staff were never friendly & when you are charged that much for a drink in my opinion the service needs to be a whole lot better to compensate. The music in there is far too loud, the kids are allowed to run riot and I never got the point of the name Midas Touch. I know the reason for changing the name from The Huntsmans Hall was to try to disassociate it from all the trouble the Huntsman used to have but it would have been nice if the name could have reflected the town and/or its history. At least the Huntsmans Hall meant something

The Good Guy said...

I just wish them all the best. WP is such a funny area and local businesses never seem to get enough support.

ExitStageLeft said...

Soon to reopen as 'The Brook'.

Best local said...

Wow! Most of the comments, even as recently as 12 days ago, really surprised me. At first I assumed they were old posts, referring to The Huntsman (just using the wrong name). A friend and I have been weekly customers for over a year and have nothing but praise for the kind, friendly, helpful staff. I've also enjoyed every meal.
It is the nicest pub in and around Worcester Park. I just wish they would hurry up and open again.

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