Admiral invests £10m-plus into estate

By Gary Lloyd

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Big money: Admiral Taverns has put a lot of spend behind its estate in the first half of 2023
Big money: Admiral Taverns has put a lot of spend behind its estate in the first half of 2023

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Admiral Taverns has invested more than £10m into upgrading its community pubs throughout the first half of 2023.

The group, which owns almost 1,500 pubs in England, Scotland and Wales, has invested the funds into 138 pubs across both its leased and tenanted estate and its wet-led operator division, Proper Pubs.

Investments range from transformational interior and external refurbishments through to upgrading licensee accommodation and making essential structural repairs. As a result of the ongoing capital expenditure (capex) scheme, Admiral said it has been able to enhance essential social hubs, further supporting all aspects of community life.

The Toad, Colwyn Bay
The Toad

L&T pub openings

Highlights of the ongoing programme include the recent openings of leased and tenanted pubs, the Toad Hall Inn​ in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, following a £200,000 investment, and the Plume of Feathers​ in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, after a £180,000 refurbishment. 

Plume of Feathers, Hitchin
Plume of Feathers

For Proper Pubs, 2023 has seen a record number of openings. These include the Strawberry Gardens​ in Manchester, which received an investment of almost £248,000, as well as the Gamull​ in Preston, Lancashire, which opened following a transformational £360,000 capex investment. 

Admiral Taverns chief executive Chris Jowsey said: “At Admiral, we strongly believe in creating long-term, sustainable pubs that sit at the heart of their communities and support all aspects of local life.”

Strawberry Gardens, Manchester
Strawberry Gardens

Cornerstone of British life

Jowsey continued: “Pubs are the cornerstone of British life and have been bringing people together for centuries so it’s essential we continue to facilitate such an important part of community life.

“The results from these refurbishments are incredible and I wish each of our licensees and operators every success for the future.” 

Admiral Taverns said it always looks to recruit passionate, community-minded individuals across its pubs and actively encourages them to support their communities through a regular schedule of events and charity fundraising initiatives, which has included Christmas selection box collections, Easter Egg donations, family fun days and charity fundraisers for essential resources such as defibrillators and sponsorship of local clubs.

The Gamull, Preston
The Gamull

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