The Cat Tavern re-opens as new 1920s inspired bar and boutique B&B

A new, independent B&B and bar has opened in the centre of Salisbury.

Salisbury residents and visitors can now enjoy an immersive, premium experience in the newly refurbished independent B&B and bar called Caboose, formerly The Cat Tavern on South Western Road just a 2 minute walk from Salisbury Train Station.

The Cat Tavern, a formerly dilapidated pub, has undergone a 13 month extensive refurbishment which has resulted in a practically unrecognisable building in comparison to its former existence. The smart exterior, luscious foliage and Caboose gold branding is a great addition to the street which is one of the first areas of the city visitors see when entering via the train station.

Caboose not only has a Parlour bar on the ground floor, but also a boutique B&B known as Caboose Residence consisting of 8 en-suite bedrooms spread out across the first and second floor.

The Parlour, which opened on Thursday 24th October, offers a deluge of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, hot drinks and a range of awe-inspiring cocktails which are served in unique displays. The Parlour is open from 10am each day through to the evening, so is proving to be a popular stopover for commuters on their way to and from the station.

Caboose Parlour also has a focus on supporting and stocking local products wherever possible allowing nearby independents to grow their brands. Whether you’re looking for a lunchtime ‘java’, ‘tea-time tipple’ or some evening ‘giggle juice’ – there is sure to be something to quench your thirst.

Inspiration for Caboose comes from the rich history of the building, it’s patrons from bygone eras and its prime location. The Parlour was once a watering hole and stopover spot for railway engineers, and you can find photos of its former life around the Parlour throwing you back in time with unseen scenes of Fisherton Street thanks to local historian, Frog Moody’s vast collection of images.

The experience at Caboose Parlour flips the traditional way of drinking on its head, whereby you are encouraged to book a table for late afternoon and evening visits as there is no standing room in the bar. The argument that you can spend the same on a drink as you do on a main meal but you don’t get half of the experience in a bar as you would in a restaurant is what the owners, Dave and Aimee Hancock, are trying to counteract with the Parlour.

Dave and Aimee, who also own Deacons Freehouse on Fisherton Street and Tinga Mexican Bar and Restaurant on Salt Lane, are not unfamiliar with pushing the norm with regard to the hospitality industry and are hoping to offer something completely different again to the people of the city through the Parlour and contribute to more rooms being available to visitors from outside of Salisbury where there is currently a shortage of accommodation.

Dave and Aimee said: “We are very excited to be revealing our brand-new concept bar and B&B, which incorporates months of research, refurbishment and hard work from many different people.

"Each element of the venue has been considered in huge detail by our fantastic local designers, Dib Dab Designs. We recognise our customers wants and needs are evolving, so not only are we looking to satisfy commuters and the evening night time economy but also those who want to enjoy the same experiences but who do not drink alcohol.

"We have invested heavily in researching and delivering non-alcoholic quality alternatives in the hope we can provide an environment for drinkers and non-drinkers alike without simply offering a lemonade.

"We’re super excited about this addition to our portfolio and the city, we really think it’s a unique concept and hope others enjoy what we’re trying to do.”

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