Punch reopens Essex pub after £300k investment

By Gary Lloyd

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Investment by Punch Pubs: management partner at the Ship Jasmine Marshall
Investment by Punch Pubs: management partner at the Ship Jasmine Marshall

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Punch Pubs has reopened the Ship after a £300,000 renovation and handed the keys to management partner Jasmine Marshall.

The West Hanningfield pub, in Essex, has been rejuvenated by the pubco, which included a complete internal and external revamp. During its six-week transformation, works at the Ship included a restyle of its interiors, and enhancement of its architecture and traditional features.

Externally, the pub’s expansive space has been accessorised with new seating and a bar and pizza oven. There is also a banqueting table set among the trees and new food drinks have been added to the pub’s menus.

Belief and motivation

Experienced licensee Marshall began her journey at the Ship in July 2020 and Punch said her belief and motivation was key to the site’s success during two lockdowns – and she managed to increase sales too.

Marshall said: “This pub is a real village landmark and I’m so excited to start the next chapter and for guests to enjoy their new-look pub. The new menu is simply stunning, full of decadent new dishes and fantastic drinks.

“It’s everything the community and guests have been waiting for. Aside from the great food and drinks, I’m particularly proud of the garden – it needs to be seen to be believed, it’s gorgeous.”

Stunning pub

Punch senior operations manager Sarah Edmunds added: “We’re really excited and proud to reopen the Ship. The investment really has turned a beautiful pub into an absolutely stunning one, and one I’m sure the local community and visitors to the area will enjoy for many years to come.

“Management partner Jasmine has an endless amount of passion and experience at the Ship – I couldn’t think of anyone better to showcase all this pub has to offer.”

The reopening of the Ship follows news on Friday 12 August that the biggest investment made into a Punch pub​ was made – valued at £700,000 for the Coach & Horses at Hexham, Northumberland.

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