Salisbury residents and visitors can now enjoy an immersive, premium experience in the newly-refurbished independent B&B and bar Caboose, formerly The Cat Tavern. On South Western Road, a two- minute walk from Salisbury Train Station, The Cat has undergone a 13-month extensive refurbishment resulting a practically unrecognisable building. The smart exterior, luscious foliage and Caboose gold branding is an addition to the street which is one of the first areas of the city visitors see when entering via the train station.

Caboose has a parlour bar on the ground floor, but also the boutique B&B Caboose Residence of eight en-suite bedrooms on the first and second floor. The Parlour, which opened on Thursday, October 24, serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, hot drinks and a range of cocktails in unique displays. The Parlour is open from 10am to the evening. Caboose Parlour also focuses on supporting and stocking local products wherever possible allowing nearby independents to grow their brands: a lunchtime ‘java’, ‘tea-time tipple’ or some evening ‘giggle juice’.

The Parlour was once a watering hole and stopover for railway engineers, and photos of its former life are hung around the Parlour going you back in time, with unseen views of Fisherton Street from Frog Moody’s vast collection. Dave and Aimee Hancock, who also own Deacons Freehouse on Fisherton Street and Tinga Mexican Bar and Restaurant on Salt Lane, say they are not unfamiliar with pushing the norm in the hospitality industry and are hoping to offer something completely different through the Parlour and contribute to more rooms being available to visitors from outside Salisbury, where there is currently a shortage of accommodation.

Dave and Aimee said: “Our new concept bar and B&B incorporates months of research, refurbishment and hard work from many people. Each element has been considered in huge detail by our fantastic local designers, Dib Dab Designs. We recognise our customers wants and needs are evolving, so not only are we looking to satisfy commuters and the evening night time economy but also those who want to enjoy the same experiences but who do not drink alcohol. We have invested heavily in researching and providing non-alcoholic quality alternatives as an environment for drinkers and non-drinkers alike. We’re super excited about this addition to our portfolio and the city, we really think it’s a unique concept and hope others enjoy what we’re trying to do.”

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