AS the promise of pub garden pints disappear with the fading summer, punters can take comfort in the next seasonal menu coming to Abingdon's three-year-old Wetherspoons branch.

The Narrows will launch new food and drink options to see out the winter months, featuring warming rum cocktails and more options for vegetarians.

Sarah Lowe, manager of the High Street pub, said: "We have currently got gin palace and vodka distillery sections on the menu but we're getting some nice new rums in our rum shack. They will include Captain Morgan's white rum, to go along with the spiced rum, and Ronzacapa which is an aged rum.

"We will have new craft ales in cans and bottles to increase our range, and we have got some cocktails to go with the rums."

The revised drinks offerings will be launched alongside the food menu on September 7, when customers will be able to order new additions or tweaked versions of old favourites.

Miss Lowe, who lives in the town, added: "We have got new vegetarian options like lasagne and different grill options with toppings like cheese, bacon, our burger sauce or garlic and parsley butter.

"Instead of the 14oz steak we've got a smaller 8oz rump steak, which is a nicer piece of meat. We've also got our ultimate burger and rarebit burger, which we have trialled for the past two months and have been really popular.

"It's nice to have more choice to compete and be a bit different. We have improved the children's menu which will have quite a bit changed and will be a bit healthier. A lot of people that come in are conscious of what their children eat so it's nice to have a range. There are still burgers but also things like pasta.

"We are all excited and will have our own little staff taster meeting on Monday - it's always good to try the new food as we are going to be serving it.

"In Abingdon there's quite a variety of pubs. We have all got different selling points so in that sense I don't think there is any direct competition."

She described the pub as a "very modern Wetherspoons with a special character" that pays homage to the building's history as a Post Office and telephone exchange.