It’s fair to say that Ware is going through a bit of a transformation when it comes to options for socialising.
What started with the renovation of the The Navigator into the The Waterside and the complete remodelling of the Saracens Head has now extended to the opening of The Lodge and a soon-to-be All Bar One on The Tap Bar site. There’s even a Premier Inn and Beefeater opening soon.
The latest grand opening was for The Snug, which has taken over the building that used to be The Vine. The Vine itself was a regular haunt for families during the daytime at weekends, but truth be told it had become careworn in recent years, with regular changes in management and what were probably the worst toilets in the whole of Hertfordshire.
The Snug chain, which has branches across Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, stepped in to the premises just before Easter with a temporary ‘pop up’ bar, before closing for a full refurb in May and re-opening earlier this month. In fact, the whole place is fresher, with the decor now in The Snug’s established relaxed style.
We like the fact that there have been plenty of staff on duty whenever we’ve visited and service is always prompt, which can’t be said of a certain other establishment across the road. Children are still very much welcome (before 6pm) and the clientele (during daytime) is very much couples, families and professionals.
Food is core to The Snug offering (along with 2-for-1 cocktails for mum and dad), with the usual mix of burgers, Tex Mex, hot dogs and sandwiches. The kids menu is a decent deal at £5.75 including a free soft drink, juice or milk, with the plates on offer including chicken nuggets, fish fingers, cheddar quesadilla, sausage & potato smiles or veggie bites.
For those parents of kids who like to be kept occupied by Peppa Pig & co on an iPad, the wi-fi is excellent (though a sign up is required). And we’re delighted to say that the toilets have definitely been sorted.
If we had to pick a downside in terms of the family appeal it would be that The Snug is very restricted in terms of outdoor space - there’s a small courtyard at the back, but some may be uncomfortable having young children outside in the seating area at the front, which is right on Ware’s busy High Street. That said, The Snug have put a barrier between the tables and the road, which was something that was lacking when the site was under previous ownership.
And if all else fails, you always can take your toddler on endless circuits of the bar area loop, along with every other parent who’s ever been in there!