Commercial kitchen installation set to transform new Star pub

A Bolton Inns pub near Birmingham will have a new commercial kitchen installed as part of a near £300,000 renovation following a deal with Star Pubs & Bars.

The West Midlands multiple operator, has taken on the Hare & Hounds on Hagley Road in Halesowen, its first pub with Star.

The pub is currently closed for five weeks for a £270,000 refurbishment and will reopen with a new commercial kitchen, enabling the destination to serve traditional pub food.

The investment is part of a move a strategy that will see Bolton Inns grow its estate to 12-15 pubs in the next few years.

Managing director, Edward Bolton, said: “We don’t take on any pubs. We’re only interested in sites where we can add value and in working with brands, like Heineken, and pub companies, like Star Pubs & Bars, that will provide meaningful support.”

He added: “We recognised the potential of The Hare & Hounds immediately. It’s in a great location overlooking Hagley Road, near a school and where there are customers with disposable incomes.  With investment we knew that the Hare & Hounds could give locals what they’ve been crying out.”

Star Pubs & Bars regional operations director, Caren Geering, said: “The introduction of food and coffee are increasingly important to a pub like the Hare & Hounds, as they give people more reasons to visit. It is investments like this that allow pubs to evolve and stay relevant to their communities, ensuring their ongoing sustainability.”

The site will be run by general manager Dean Price (main image), and when complete, the renovation will have capacity to host 91 people inside and 88 people outside.

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