The Royal Westmoreland Beach Club (re)opens at Mullins
Over the past five years, we have spent many a happy afternoon and/or evening at Mullins Bar, just across the road from our own home on the island and we were very sad to see it close in early March following the huge storms which undermined the structure of the building at that time.
Six months later and after a comprehensive programme of refurbishment, the bar re-opened a few weeks ago under the direct management of Royal Westmoreland and as a members-only beach club for Royal Westmoreland members.
If you stay at most properties on the Royal Westmoreland estate, your stay will entitle you to free access to the Beach Club at Mullins with a free shuttle service and free access to sun beds on the beach. You may also have access to the Beach Club if you are staying in one of the properties at Mullins Bay as many of the properties here have enjoyed Royal Westmoreland membership for some time.
If you are staying at other properties in the Mullins area, you may or may not have access to the bar now and should check with us when booking. Royal Westmoreland have just introduced a new category of membership which allows access to the bar and provides a 10% discount on all purchases. It also includes a 40% discount on visitor golf green fees (although tee times are very limited). This category of Beach Club Membership does not include access to the sun beds but there are plenty of loungers offered by others on the beach at relatively low cost. We ourselves, have joined as Beach Club members for the benefit of guests staying at our own property, Ocean View at Beacon Hill. If you stay here for example, you will be given up to four membership cards on arrival which will provide free access to the bar.
Lisa and I visited the new bar for the first time at the beginning of November, shortly after (re)opening. Whilst having mixed feelings about the new set up, we were pretty impressed by the way the bar has been refurbished. It still remains a beach bar and the temptation to 'over-smarted' has generally been resisted, save for the addition of a few chandeliers (which actually look quite good!). The look of the place hasn't changed much but, at the time of writing, the laid-back vibe of old bar is still a missing a little. There are plenty of friendly staff, led by Harold Harper - a very friendly guy who is ex-Cliff Beach Club and who seems to have brought some of his best staff with him but currently, they aren't exactly rushed off their feet.
We hope this will change when the kitchen opens in the next few days. The new menu looks reasonable so I very much hope this will bring a few more members in and help create the sort of atmosphere the place deserves. I understand from Harold that there will be live music at the Beach Club at least a couple of times a week during the main season - this always tends to be popular so let's hope it works.
As 'locals' we were hugely disappointed to see the end of the 'old' Mullins Bar but we also have every interest in wanting the Beach Club to be a success now. Whilst on island, we will do our best to support the bar by occupying a couple of the stools on the deck overlooking the sea with a sundowner whenever the opportunity presents itself...