WITH Christmas approaching, tipplers in Cardigan have extra cause for celebration after the re-opening of a long-established watering hole in the town centre under new management and name.

And a further boost for the community is news that the closed hostelry next door is also set to be up and running again.

The Commercial Hotel in Pendre ceased trading a few months ago after the licensee moved away from the area.

But after refurbishment, the Felinfoel Brewery public house has opened its doors again as The Copper Pot, run by former Cliff Hotel Gwbert bar manager James Heneker and his partner Natalie.

The 31-year-old landlord, who has been involved in catering for 12 years, said he decided on a change by becoming a public house tenant.

A native of Llechryd, the town’s newest licensee and father of two is open from Tuesday to Sunday serving the usual selection of drinks and specialising in cocktails.

He has also acquired the services of well-known local chef Dylan Smart and the extensive menu includes cuisine from various parts of the world.

A talented fast bowler, James hopes to resurrect his cricket career next summer with Llechryd in the Pembroke County League Division One.

Looking forward to the festive season and beyond James said he and Natalie wished to thank everyone for their support.

A week or so after the launch of The Copper Pot, it has been revealed that the Brains Brewery-owned Hope & Anchor public house next door, which closed earlier this year, is also set to re-open.

A Sidney Phillips Estate Agents spokesman said: “I can confirm that the property has been sold to a Cardigan publican who intends opening for business in the not too distant future, which has got to be good news for the town.”