I'm really not sure how reliable this is, but according to TowersStreet Facebook page, the Smokehouse in Mutiny Bay will now not be opening for 2018.
I can’t say I’m surprised, given that The Welcoming is still fully in place. If the Smokehouse was still happening this season we would have seen activity in the courtyard by now.
I am disappointed in this decision though. Having visited the Smokehouse at Chessington last season, I was looking forward to seeing what Alton’s was going to be like. Hopefully this isn’t a permanent cancellation of the project and we see it introduced in 2019.
What does concern me is how the F&B outlets on that side of the park will cope with the increased footfall it’ll see from Wicker Man. I imagine we’ll see the Mutiny Bay Burger Kitchen re-open but I think Pizza & Pasta will have the biggest uplift, given it’s relative proximity to Wicker Man.