Stonegate invests £500,000 in two north-west pubs

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Funky look: the investments are part of Stonegate's capex programme
Funky look: the investments are part of Stonegate's capex programme

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After two transformations with a combined investment of half a million pounds, two Stonegate pubs have reopened in the north of England.

Music Hall Taps replaced its predecessor Missoula in Chester, Cheshire; and the Addison Arms, Bootle, Merseyside; returned to its 1980s roots to take the place of Yates’s at the heart of the town – and the two combined have created 16 new jobs.

The two-storey Music Hall Taps have the "latest in pub trends", with craft beers, neon lights, shuffleboard, pool tables, live sports and live music, said the pubco.

An urban menu of sourdough pizzas, tempting tapas sharers, and supreme burgers such as Japanese Wagyu beef burger aimed at city dwellers and students will also be on offer.

Funky look

MP Peter Dowd was one of the first to visit Bootle town centre’s newest addition, a pub still known locally as the Addison Arms from the ’80s. 

Extensive sports, entertainment, craft beer and a bank of national and local real ale have been brought in at the pub.

“Our regulars were pleased to see the old name back above the door,” said manager Rob Gordon of the Addison Arms.

John Barlow of the Music Hall Taps added: ​The comments about the funky look were brilliant and just goes to show that ‘fun’ is the new ‘contemporary’ in pubs.”

The two openings are part of a capex programme that has seen 12 post-investment openings so far this February alone, totalling £3.5m.

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