£2.1m ploughed into pubs this week

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Complete makeover: Admiral Tavern and Shepherd Neame invest in pubs across the country
Complete makeover: Admiral Tavern and Shepherd Neame invest in pubs across the country

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A combined sum of £2.1m has been invested in pubs this week by Admiral Taverns and Shepherd Neame.

Admiral ploughs £180k into pub renovation

Admiral Taverns has invested £180,000 into the reopening of a Hertfordshire pub and installed Sarah Woollcott as its new licensee.

The Plume of Feathers in Little Wymondley, Hitchin, which reopened on Saturday 10 June, has undergone a transformation inside and out.

Externally, the pub now has new lighting and signage, as well as newly planted greenery. The pub’s beer garden – complete with a natural stream running through – has also been overhauled and seats up to 60 people.

While at the side of the pub, there is a covered deck area with heaters to ensure visitors can enjoy the space all year round.

Inside, Woollcott has blended the pub’s original characteristics with updated features. New recycled furniture and soft furnishings have been fitted throughout, including an eclectic mix of vintage wooden furniture.

The original stone floor and fireplace have been added to with rugs and armchairs.

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Admiral Taverns ploughs £217k into pub

The Gardeners Arms in Northampton, Northamptonshire, reopened on Friday 9 June following a major investment of £217,000.

The pub on Wellingborough Road is part of the Proper Pubs division at Admiral Taverns and has undergone a significant revamp to create a brand-new look with fresh décor.

Inside, the pub has been redecorated to include a new bar, flooring and fixtures and fittings throughout.

Outside, the Gardeners Arms features brand new lighting and signage and an updated courtyard space.

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Shepherd Neame reopens site after £1.4m investment

Kent brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame has reopened a Chislehurst pub after a £1.4m investment. Here are some pictures to show you the changes made.

The price tag for the overhaul of the Crown is the largest general manager Gareth Griffiths has dealt with in his career to date but Shepherd Neame said his previous hospitality experience in some of the capital’s busiest venues will stand him in good stead.

The Crown recently opened its doors after a 12-week refurbishment included the installation of a bespoke bar, new orangery and renovated outside space, as well as redecoration inside and out, including its nine bedrooms.

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Punch relaunches town centre pub

The Moorend Spout in Nalisea, Bristol, has been relaunched by Punch Pubs after a dramatic refresh.

There’s also a new management partner, Fernando Kucmanski, at the helm, who hopes to drive the site to new beginnings.

He said: “We recently had our first bank holiday in the pub, and we didn’t expect it to be so busy. We’ve had great feedback from really happy customers, and people have been so positive.

“I’ve always been a salesman and when this opportunity came along, I couldn’t wait to get started. The pub has been refurbished, but it’s still classic, my family and I are hoping to have some great memories here.”


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Community celebrates pub reopening after £300k makeover

Shepherd Neame’s pub, Windsor Castle in Carshalton, south London, reopened last night (Wednesday 21 June) at a community celebration.

The traditional site on Carshalton high street, which has been serving locals since 1860, has undergone a £300,000 refurbishment.

Its bar and restaurant have been fully redecorated, and the garden has also undergone a full refresh.

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