A COCKTAIL bar with a twist has been repainted to give it "a new lease of life" without planning permission.

The Salisbury Arms, in Endless Street, has been given a fresh lick of green paint and will have a new sign once the exterior renovation is completed in June.

Landlords Charles Jenkins, 32, and Jenny Batten, 30, took over last July with the aim of creating a cocktail bar which offers more than just a place to drink.

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Since then, the bar's interior has been repainted but the ongoing work will bring the dated signage up to the standard inside while "keeping the character" of the old building.

Salisbury Journal: Landlords Jenny Batten, 30, and Charles Jenkins, 32, are breathing life into the Salisbury Arms.Landlords Jenny Batten, 30, and Charles Jenkins, 32, are breathing life into the Salisbury Arms. (Image: Spencer Mulholland)

However, the couple's planning application seeking permission for the work has not yet been approved.

Salisbury City Council has objected to the application and said the signage and lighting are not in keeping with its shop front policy.

"The dark blue and black proposed scheme detracts from the currently attractive painting of the building," a council spokesperson said.

Wiltshire Council's Highways Department did not object subject to the condition that no source of light is directly visible from the public highway and that it should not flash.

The officer also commented on the positioning of the signage and the intensity of lights.

Salisbury Journal: An artist's impression of the Salisbury Arms' new signage.An artist's impression of the Salisbury Arms' new signage. (Image: SR Signs)

The bar currently opens three days a week with events as the couple think people "want more stimulation nowadays".

At the weekly Thursday 'paint and sip' sessions, guests are set up with an easel, a cheese board and a cocktail (or glass of wine) of their choice for £35 each.

Miss Batten walks the inebriated artists through a "Bob Ross but make it boozy" inspired painting lesson.

Friday is a free karaoke night with drink deals and giveaways which has consistently worked well and attracted a crowd, according to Miss Batten.

Salisbury Journal: Inside the Salisbury Arms cocktail bar.Inside the Salisbury Arms cocktail bar. (Image: Spencer Mulholland)

Bottomless brunch is available every Saturday during which guests can drink as many cocktails as they like within a two-hour period for £35, or £30 if booked before Tuesday. A passionfruit martini tree and charcuterie board is also included.

The couple had tried similar concepts at other bars with slow staff but ultimately left feeling disappointed.

"We're the opposite - we're pushing it on them and asking whether they'd like a top up," explained Miss Batten.

"There's a brilliant atmosphere and we're just trying to look after the people who support us."

Boozy bingo is played every Saturday evening from 8.30pm with free entry and lots of prizes up for grabs including shots, bottles of prosecco and free tickets to bottomless brunch.

Salisbury Journal: Charcuterie boards are offered at the bar.Charcuterie boards are offered at the bar. (Image: Jenny Batten)

While no hot food is sold at the Salisbury Arms, Miss Batten prepares charcuterie and cheese boards and guests are coming in for more than just a drink with the variety of entertainment.

Despite work already starting at the Salisbury Arms, Wiltshire Council has until July 4 to decide whether to approve or deny the planning application (PL/2024/04305).

Bookings for paint and sip and bottomless brunch can be made by calling the venue on 07565 900845.