Most people in Bristol will know the neon sign spelling out ‘Mauretania’ at the bottom of Park Street.
But what not everybody might know is that inside the building are some opulent fixtures and fittings, including mahogany panels, that were taken from the famed luxury transatlantic liner, the Mauretania, owned by the Cunard Line which was once a rival of the White Star Line, owners of the Titanic.
The historic room is reopening this week as part of Java, which has sat closed for the last five years.
The new Java, now owned by Impact Leisure Group, will also encompass the next door cafe, previously Café Du Jour, which will also be reopening.
Set across four main rooms, Java will be open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, as well as serving cocktails by night.
A nightclub within the building will remain closed for now but the private lounge with the Mauretania’s fixtures and fittings – originally a bar and brasserie owned by Avery’s wine merchants – can be hired out for events.
Java general manager Chris said: “We’re excited to be able to reopen this exciting venue and offer a unique experience right here in the heart of Bristol.
“It’s been great to watch the place come back to life throughout the refurbishment and we can’t wait to open up the doors.”
Java is due to reopen on Thursday at 10am.
Main photo: Java