Cheers: new Wetherspoon opens its doors in Dovercourt

The Bottle Kiln opens in Dovercourt. Photo: GILL EVANS

The Bottle Kiln opens in Dovercourt. Photo: GILL EVANS - Credit: Archant

A brand new pub and hotel opened its doors in Dovercourt this morning (Tuesday, March 28), with the promise of bringing a boost to the town’s economy.

The outside of The Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt, in the former Co-op building. Photo: WETHERSPOON

The outside of The Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt, in the former Co-op building. Photo: WETHERSPOON - Credit: Archant

The Bottle Kiln welcomed the public at the new premises in Kingsway after being converted into its new form at the former site of the Co-op furniture store.

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon has spent more than £2.5million developing the building and up to 60 jobs will be created by the new business.

the bar at The Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt. Photo: WETHERSPOON

the bar at The Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt. Photo: WETHERSPOON - Credit: Archant

Councillor Dave McLeod, of Harwich Town Council, said: “It’s excellent news for the town, especially the town centre.

The Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt. Photo: WETHERSPOON

The Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt. Photo: WETHERSPOON - Credit: Archant

“We need to welcome Wetherspoon with open arms, we have lost two of our major hotels.

Hotel room at The Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt. Photo: WETHERSPOON

Hotel room at The Bottle Kiln, Dovercourt. Photo: WETHERSPOON - Credit: Archant

“It will be a breath of fresh air in the town.”

The Bottle Kiln was officially opened by retired Harwich firefighter, Les Nicoll, and has just been given the all-clear for new signage and branding at the premises.