Rekom opens second Proud Mary pub
Late-night operator Rekom has announced the opening of its second Proud Mary pub in Wales, set for autumn this year.
The pub will be located in Swansea, and comes following the brand's UK launch in Cardiff during October 2022.
Rekom UK executive director Russell Quelch said: said: “We are delighted to be bringing our second Proud Mary to Swansea and we are confident it will prove to be a similar hit to Cardiff.
“It’s such a great concept that people of all ages enjoy. Whether you want to meet friends for a beer, listen to live music, watch sport, take part in a pub quiz, or enjoy a late night party, Proud Mary delivers. We will be working around the clock to open as soon as we can this Autumn.
“Proud Mary and Heidi’s have exceeded our expectations and we can’t wait to open more in the coming months and years.
“Part of their success is down to the unpretentious fun they bring – we know times are tough, but you can’t fail to have a good time once you cross the threshold of either a Proud Mary or Heidi’s.”
The 600-capacity bar will offer a blended relaxed atmosphere combined with the vibe of a German bier hall.
Local Hyde pub reopens after six figure makeover
A local pub based in Hyde, Greater Manchester, the Hare & Hounds, has reopened today following a six-figure investment that has rejuvenated the site.
The rural inn, which is part of the Chef and Brewer Collection of country pubs, has been closed for several weeks.
Furthermore, the makeover has modernised the site. The garden terrace has been expanded to include a new outside bar area as well as a heated pergola, and the interior includes new furniture, furnishings, and fittings throughout.
The Hare & Hounds general manager Helen Watters said: “With summer just around the corner, we couldn’t be more excited to show off our newly refurbished pub to guests both old and new.
“There’s never been a better time to enjoy premium al fresco dining in our new look garden terrace and take in the stunning views.
“Being located in the beautiful countryside, but a stone’s throw away from Manchester city centre, makes us the perfect spot to pop in for a drink and try our premium pub food after a walk around the local area, or a hike through the nearby country trails. We can’t wait to welcome our guests back through our doors.”
Village pub reopens after £240k revamp from Star
Star Pubs & Bars has invested £240,000 into an overhaul of a Buckinghamshire village pub that reopened at the weekend.
The Horse & Jockey, at Tylers Green, revamp has been completed by Heineken-owned Star and licensee Alex van Someren and the historic pub is now a “great-quality traditional village local” that has introduced “affordable pub grub”.
External work has included painting it pale grey and installing new lighting, signage and planting plus there is new seating for 50 at the front and an enclosed 50-seater garden with new decking and lantern lighting at the rear.
Inside, the new décor uses heritage colours on the walls as well as new upholstery, carpets and lighting that complement the building’s age. The pub’s distinctive horseshoe-shaped bar, cosy nooks, old beams and open fire have all been retained along with its collection of horse brasses.
A kitchen refit means pub favourites at lunchtimes and evenings will keep customers well fed and van Someren insists the Horse & Jockey is “not becoming a restaurant” and will remain an old-fashioned local.
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£1m makeover breathes new life into historic pub
SALT Brewing and Ossett Pub Company have announced their joint venture on the renovations and reopening of Georgian pub the Bingley Arms in Horbury, West Yorkshire.
The purchase and revamp of the site has seen the breweries invest more than £1m into the venture.
Furthermore, the former coaching inn, which is situated between the River Calder and the Calder and Hebble canal, will reopen its doors to the public on Friday 23 June.
Renovation has included a redesigned internal layout, new bar area, essential structural work, new open mezzanine, new Georgian style wooden windows throughout and an open plan street food kitchen.
The interior decor creatively combines the SALT influenced contemporary & modern look alongside Ossett’s traditional features such as real fires and exposed stone.
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Castle Pubs relaunch two historic venues
Two historic London Castle pubs have recently reopened following a refurbishment.
The Albany on Great Portland Street, west London, officially reopened following a four-week makeover, and the Sun Inn, on 7 Church Road, also in west London, reopened on 26 May.
Changes to the Albany include a refit of its basement, an AV upgrade for all top sports and taps to widen its beer range.
The Sun Inn, located in the village of Barnes, has undergone an interior and exterior revamp.
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