A COMBINED pub, bar and cafe business has thanked the community for a 'warm welcome' after opening.

Hettie Bells, a new all-day food and drink concept, has replaced the former Railway Tavern, located next to Salisbury Railway Station.

Its founder, James England, has partnered with Chickpea Group for the venture, with Hettie Bells opening for the first time on Friday, June 7.

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The opening has gone well so far, with James saying that lots of customers had been in to see the newly refurbished building, as well as trying the numerous food and drink options available.

The business has several flat-screen TVs located throughout the building, showing the timetable for Salisbury Train Station, meaning people getting the train can wait in comfort with a nice snack or drink as opposed to waiting at the station.

The cafe side of Hettie BellThe cafe side of Hettie Bell (Image: Newsquest)

Hetties is also in discussion with the train station about supplying a luggage hold area for those coming or going on the train network.

The business sells bacon and sausage baps, as well as pastries, cakes and sweet treats as well as the classic coffee and tea drinks, and alcohol. Hetties also sells a number of burgers, including a buttermilk chicken burger which comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, plus a selection of other beef and vegan options plus selected sides such as fries and mac and cheese.

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Hettie Bell is open from 7am until 11pm every day of the week, with its licence for alcohol starting each day at 8am, making it the perfect stop for visitors fancying an early drink, or holiday goers getting in a pint before departing on the train.

The building has been redecorated throughout, including extensive works in the beer gardenThe building has been redecorated throughout, including extensive works in the beer garden (Image: Newsquest)

The inside of the business has been redecorated, with half of the business kitted out as a cafe, and the other side designed as a bar area. James said that come the evening time, he hopes to have the 'cafe' side of the building as a quieter, wine area and the bar area as a typical 'boozer'.

The building used to boast a car park at the back of the premises which has now been converted into an extensive beer garden, which James added he is looking to make into an entertainment area for music, comedy nights, quiz nights and a lot more.

James England, 35 from Salisbury, said: "We're very happy with how its gone so far and want to thank the community for making us feel so welcome as soon as we have opened the doors. we've had a steady flow of people coming in and all of the comments have been warm and positive which is great news.

"We've had some lovely feedback from people coming across from the train station, as well as locals who have never been in before, so we're really pleased with how the first week has gone.

"If you haven't been in already, pop in and give us a try!"

More information on Hettie Bells can be found here.

Use the photo gallery at the top of the article to see photos of the interior of the new business.