Proper Pubs ploughs £1m into upgrades in one month

By Gary Lloyd

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Community focus: Admiral Taverns’ Proper Pubs division has renovated sites across England this month
Community focus: Admiral Taverns’ Proper Pubs division has renovated sites across England this month

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Proper Pubs, the community wet-led operator division of Admiral Taverns, has this month (May 2023), invested more than £1m into upgrading its community pubs.

The group, which has more than 170 pubs across England, Scotland and Wales, has invested the funds into four pubs in Middlesbrough, Harlow, Preston and Wigan. 

An active investment programme is a core part of the group’s strategy ensuring pubs can evolve and thrive within their communities, offering customers an active social hub. 

Heart of communities

Proper Pubs director Mark Brooke said: “Our pubs sit at the heart of their local communities, bringing people together from all aspects of life while supporting important local charities.

“We’re proud to continually invest into our estate to provide our operators with the resources they require to make their pubs the very best.

“The results from all four refurbishments look outstanding and I wish each of our operators every success for the future.” 

Proper Pubs most recently opened both the Purple Emperor in Harlow, Essex, after a £213,000 investment and the Gamull, a community pub in Preston, Lancashire, following a £350,000 investment on Friday 26 May.

Community heroes sought

At the start of May, the Honeysuckle in Wigan, Greater Manchester, reopened after £180,000 refurbishment and the Miners Arms in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, reopened on Thursday 18 May following another transformational £310,000 investment​.

The ethos of Proper Pubs is to recruit ‘community heroes’ and encourages its operators to support their communities through a regular schedule of events and charity fundraising initiatives, from Christmas selection box collections to local foodbank donations.

At Easter, Proper Pubs collected more than 12,200 Easter eggs for local charities and recently installed its 85th defibrillator across its estate. The defibrillators are positioned outside the pubs for medical emergencies and have already resulted in three-life changing results. 

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