Punch reopens Spread Eagle after £270k investment

By Gary Lloyd

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Punch site: Drew Cook has been installed as management partner at the renovated Spread Eagle
Punch site: Drew Cook has been installed as management partner at the renovated Spread Eagle

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Punch Pubs has ploughed £270,000 into refurbishing and reopening the Spread Eagle pub in Brentwood and installed Drew Cook as a management partner at the helm.

The Queen’s Road pub has been rejuvenated internally and externally with “great care being taken to retain, but enhance, all its natural charms and bohemian ambience”.

The Essex pub boasts a “luxe bar and dining experience” and is able to take advantage of the great summer the UK is enjoying with its garden for customers.

Trading potential

During its eight-week renovation, the Spread Eagle underwent works to maximise the trading potential of the large bar and dining spaces by adding improved seating and secluded snug areas. The interior has been styled to create “an opulent space to meet for a midweek pint or gather with friends and family to celebrate any occasion”.

The pub’s beer garden has been transformed and extended while a new food and drinks is now on offer.

Experienced operator Cook said: “This pub is a hidden gem. Following the investment, it now realises all its potential. I cannot wait for the local community to experience it.

“The new menu is simply stunning, full of delicious new dishes and drinks. It’s everything the community and guests have been waiting for. Aside from the great food and drinks, we’re particularly proud of the works to improve the garden – with the rest of the summer ahead, there is no better time to reopen.”

Much-loved in community

Punch senior operations manager Graeme Endacott added: “We’re so pleased and proud to reopen the new-look Spread Eagle. It’s much-loved within the community and the investment has really given it a new lease of life.

“Our management partner, Drew’s passion for the pub and the local community, makes him the perfect person to ensure its future success.”

Punch Pubs & Co operates about 1,300 pubs across the UK and won Best Leased and Tenanted Pub Company 2020 and 2022 at The Publican Awards. It has invested more than £90m into its pub estate since 2019.

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