Admiral Taverns invests £300k into Lancashire town pubs

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Pride in Lancashire town: Admiral Taverns has renovated the Arden and the Abbey
Pride in Lancashire town: Admiral Taverns has renovated the Arden and the Abbey

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Community pub group Admiral Taverns has ploughed more than £300,000 into two pubs in Accrington, Lancashire.

The Arden Inn, run by licensee Mark Jackson, has received a £150,000 refurbishment, while the Abbey, operated by Lorraine and Michael Morris has received a £165,000 refurbishment. 

The pubco said investing in its pubs through capital expenditure is a core part of its strategy in nurturing community pubs with long-term sustainable futures. Such spending includes garden transformations through to complete refurbishments.  

Admiral Taverns business development manager Greg Beresford said: “We are delighted with the investment projects in Accrington, which will ensure they both sit at the heart of the community. We’re continually investing in our pubs and their communities across the UK and strongly believe in the potential the sector has to act as an engine for growth, supporting the government’s levelling up agenda across towns and cities.”

Wealth of experience

Beresford continued: “Mark, Lorraine, and Michael all bring a wealth of experience to their pubs and already play a tremendous role in the community. We wish them every success for the future.”   

The Arden Inn reopened in late May with a weekend of live music that was followed up with a performance from Counterfeit Kiss during the Jubilee bank holiday. The pub is also part of the Music Venue Trust, a charity that acts to protect, secure and improve UK Grassroots music venues. 

The investment at the Arden Inn has seen a complete refurbishment inside, including a new bar, new seating area and guests can also enjoy an urban-style beer garden. 

Arden Inn licensee Jackson said: “I am so thrilled with the refurbishment, it looks amazing. Along with Admiral, we have truly created a unique entertainment offering that I’m convinced will bring more customers in.”

Transformational refurb

The Abbey has also received a transformational refurbishment from Admiral Taverns, which includes a new back bar and a complete refresh of the inside and outside of the pub. Licensees Lorraine and Michael have been at the helm of the pub for almost 15 years. 

The Abbey licensee Lorraine Morris said: “We’ve already had incredible feedback on the new look we created with Admiral’s help – customers love it.”

The pub reopened just in time for the Jubilee weekend and welcomed more than 100 residents to watch live music on its new outside stage.

As well as capex investment, Admiral supported its licensees throughout the pandemic, providing millions of pounds in financial assistance. 

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