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Stortford's new Ace of Lanes bowling alley set to open

Ace of Lanes is aiming to bowl over Bishop’s Stortford when it opens on Saturday.

The new tenpin bowling alley at the Anchor Street leisure complex – the brainchild of mother and daughter Jane and Lara Fraser – is bringing 45 new jobs to the town.

The venture to transform the former 1st Bowl, which closed in 2013, represents an investment of more than £1.7m for the Fraser family.

They also run the neighbouring Bacchus bar and nightclub and want to put Bishop’s Stortford on the map.

With steampunk-inspired design, the bespoke bowling alley, with equipment imported from the United States, will offer food and drinks which guests will be able to work off on its touchscreen-equipped ten lanes and two VIP lanes – as each bowling game burns an average of 300 calories.

Meals can be served during the action by waiting staff or in the venue’s restaurant, where diners can take in views across the River Stort.

The menu features everything from a hearty beetroot burger to classic steak and ale pie, eggs Florentine for brunch or a chocolate orange and truffle torte for dessert.

Diners can also choose from a selection of gourmet vegetarian options, and there is a special children’s menu to ensure fun for all the family.

As well as a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, including cocktails and mocktails, the alley will serve hot drinks including barista coffee and an array of flavoured teas all day.

A spokeswoman said: “Ace of Lanes are firm believers that time isn’t the main thing, it’s the only thing, and that time flies but memories last forever.

“Ace of Lanes have been truly inspired by being a venue to build unforgettable memories. With that in mind, they felt adding the steampunk touch would be the only way to go, deriving from the essence of steampunk within great books such as Around the World in Eighty Days, The Steam House, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Time Machine.

“With their elements of time travel and mad science, combining the natural with the mechanical, they felt it would be the ultimate theme and from there stemmed ‘The Ace of Lanes’.”

A range of packages for parties has been put together to make Ace of Lanes a celebration destination.

The venue also features a state-of-the-art golf simulator and a pool table – or for those who prefer watching the action, there are Chesterfield sofas for visitors to view football, rugby, boxing or tennis on nine screens in the sports bar.

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