The Horns' new licensees have confirmed that live music will continue as they shared a target opening date.

After it was announced that the Hempstead Road building that was formerly home to Watford’s iconic pub will be reopening as a bar restaurant, there were fears it would lose its identity.

However, the incoming owners have explained the concept they will be bringing to the unit when Avabar opens.

Watford Observer: How AVABAR will look (night).How AVABAR will look (night). (Image: AVABAR)

Managing director Alessandro said: “We are excited to announce a significant change at The Horns music pub as we transform into the Avabar live pub bar restaurant.

“While we are embracing this new chapter, we want to reassure our community that music will continue to be a key part of our identity.

“We're keeping the stage and enhancing the experience with a new surround sound system.

“This way, you can enjoy great music in the garden while catching your favourite football games at the bar.”

Watford Observer: How AVABAR will look.How AVABAR will look. (Image: AVABAR)

The owners are spending around £150,000 on the building to reconfigure, improve, and update the venue. The complete refurb is currently underway and should be finished in time for the target opening date of June 5, although Avabar warned there could be a slight delay due to the work.

The plan is to bring in a variety of types of music including bands, acoustic acts, and DJs to provide the live music and focus on getting quality acts and responding to what customers enjoy.

Alessandro also offered a run-down of the menu, which will feature monthly changes with staples including tapas, platters, grilled fish, and T-bone steak.

Watford Observer: The Horns last week.The Horns last week. (Image: Newsquest)

Special Brazilian moqueca, which is apparently rare in the UK, will also be a highlight.

Drinks on offer will include a selection of craft beers, cocktails, and fine wines.

“Our goal is to create a vibrant space that adds value to our community, and we look forward to welcoming you to Avabar soon,” the managing director added.

The new licensees already have bars elsewhere. However, Avabar is a new concept and are the managers apparently “know Watford really well”, meaning when The Horns suddenly became available they were quick to get in contact with Stonegate.