Ei and multi-site licensees create 'community hub' pub

By Georgina Townshend

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Targeting the community: improvements at the Empress will be jointly funded
Targeting the community: improvements at the Empress will be jointly funded

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Ei Publican Partnerships and "experienced local multiple operators" are jointly funding a £130,000 renovation to create a "quality, traditional pub with a little something for everyone in the local community".

The Empress Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, is undergoing a "significant transformation" with the help of the pubco and operators Simon and Sharon Colgan.

The new pub will have an additional bar, with the investment increasing the capacity of the upstairs function room. The downstairs bar, which is naturally divided into two sections, will also receive superficial renovations to create a dining area on one side and a sports viewing section on the other. 

Publicans Simon and Sharon are "experienced operators who have extensive knowledge of the local area", said an Ei Publican Partnerships spokesman. 

The pair currently operate two Ei Publican Partnerships pubs in Leeds: the Duck & Drake and the Grove Inn; along with two free-of-tie pubs: Harrogate Blues Bar, Harrogate, and the Worlds End, Knaresborough.

As with all the Colgans' pubs, the Empress Hotel will place a strong emphasis on community spirit, running a series of live music nights, pub game nights and local classes.

Potential spotted

Simon said: “We met with Ei Publican Partnerships at an open day in April. We have a good relationship from our existing pubs and saw the potential to fill a gap in Harrogate’s market. 

“We were given freedom to renovate the pub and make our vision for the pub become a reality. Expect a place where people are equally comfortable coming for a game of pool, a pint and the match; as well as celebrating a family occasion, or enjoying a Sunday roast. There is a little something for everyone.

“The newly renovated upstairs area has amazing potential with great views. We plan to host weddings and parties, along with events for the local community. In fact, we’ve already got a Zumba class booked in.”

Ei Publican Partnerships regional manager Greg Smith added: “We’re committed to investing in traditional pubs at the heart of the community and are delighted to reopen the Empress Hotel with Sharon and Simon at the helm.

“They’re experienced publicans who have an extensive knowledge of the local area and what the community needs. I’m confident the new offer, with its focus on community events, live music and quality food, will prove a hit.”

The Empress Hotel plans to have a 'soft launch' on 23 October 2017. 

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