PLANS for a new bar with new owners is underway in Westcliff with hopes to bring “a positive environment to the local community”.

Currently undergoing extensive refurbishment, the bar - which is yet to be named - is being opened by the organisation which runs both the Lamb and Lion pub and Moonraker nightclub, both in Station Road, Westcliff.

The new venue is on the site of a bar which has been - formerly known as The Foundry and Clouseau’s - on Hamlet Court Road.

The new proprietor, James Lawrence said: “After the success of the Lamb and Lion alongside its sister venue the Moonraker, we saw no reason to hold back. “We were offered the opportunity and feel that we can revitalise the venue and bring a positive environment to the local community.

“The other venues will carry on as normal, in fact we have just installed new sound equipment for the live band side of things at the Moonraker.

“The Lamb and Lion boasts the largest selection of draft beers in town, with over 25 draft products.

“The new venue will have a different flavour to the Lamb and Lion. I can’t say too much at this time but I am sure the patrons will love it.”

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On the Lamb and Lion /Moonraker Facebook page, a fun competition has been opened asking for ideas for names for the new venue.

The winner will receive a £50 drinks voucher for the Lamb and Lion with free club entry to any event at the Moonraker through July.

James added: “We have a few ideas in the bag but the new name still as of yet undecided so if Echo readers want to jump onto the Facebook page and give their suggestions, they are welcome.

“The opening date is to be decided. It depends on the building work, which is extensive on all fronts.

“We are well ahead of schedule I may add, so we are hoping for the date of September 16, but I must stress this is a loose date and not set in concrete.

“On Saturday, December 18, Hamlet Court Road Festival takes place, so we are at least hoping to be open in time for that.

Hamlet Court Road is undergoing a regeneration campaign led by residents with the help of local conservationists, retailers, residents, businesses and the Southend City Council.