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Rhythm + Blues
Built For Comfort emerged from the ashes of Swindon based, The Hot Tamales in July 2002. Founder members Alec Adams and Bill Jones were joined by Phil Tait on drums, Chris Goddard on bass and John Ingleson on guitar.
Bill and Alec had met in the summer of 2000 when Alec was seeking harmonica lessons. Bill knew Chris from many years of playing together in The Vindaloo Brothers, Phil was a chance encounter from working with a TV leasing company and John answered a local advert by the boys for a guitarist. And then the story began. By the summer of 2004 the band had played over 65 gigs together, averaging about one a week.
Now, over a decade and hundreds of gigs later, Built For Comfort have turned into one of the tightest, rocking Rhythm and Blues outfits on the circuit today! The recent addition of Blues guitar maestro Michael King on guitar and Simon Needler on Hammond organ and piano have added a new dimension to the band. Little wonder they wow audiences wherever they play!
Built For Comfort have supported among others Wilco Johnson, Paul Lamb And The Kingsnakes and Ben Waters.
Standing in the shadow of the imposing battlements of Chepstow Castle, a successful refurbishement has seen an upgrade of the interior which is broadly open plan facing towards the curved bar counter. What could be described as the public bar area has wooden floorboards with matching wooden furniture with a cosy sofa and small fireplace near the bar. On a lower level is a tastefully furnished lounge with an old fireplace with a hard fuel stove as its focal point above which is an attractive old clock dedicated to 'Sir George Thorold, Knight, Baronet, Lord Mair of London'. Enjoy also the lovely dresser with its modern ornaments and coloured lights near some window seating. A small dining room with old exposed stonework is off the bar and gives access to the toilets and outside patio. Car parking is at the rear outside the castle. Ales are usually sourced from the likes of Castles Brewery of Caldicot, Kingstone of Tintern, Rhymney or West Country brewers. Food is either made on the premises or sourced locally with the pie selection having interesting names. This also where the Chepstow Time Travellers Society meet. Note the old Whitbread Brewery plaque near the entrance claiming "The Best in the West" with the brewery founding date 1760.
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