Nottingham sports bar under Star umbrella to be transformed into a contemporary kitchen

Nottingham-based licensee Anthony Dowling is undertaking his second transformational investment with Star Pubs & Bars at Finnbars.

This investment follows the successful refurbishment of the Mill & Brook, Long Eaton at the end of last year.

The £225,000 is being spent on transforming the Irish sports bar into a contemporary kitchen and bar called The Crafty Teller, a reference to its new focus on craft ales and to the pub’s former incarnation as a bank.

The design at The Crafty Teller will include a live moss wall on the stairs, three bookable eclectic booths, each designed with different materials and colours to create different experiences.

70 covers are being created and will include two large sharing tables and more comfortable seating.

Food will also be introduced with breakfast and brunch playing a major role in the offering served from 10 till 2pm while the lunch and dinner menus will feature traditional favourites.

Licensee, Anthony Dowling, said: “There are already café bars in the area and lots of new bars and restaurants opening but nothing like The Crafty Teller both in terms of its offer and its quirky design.”

He added: “I have a great working relationship with Star. Having had such a positive experience working with them on last year’s refurbishment of the Mill & Brook, I was keen to do the same to Finnbars. My focus will be on that for the time being, but in time I might look to add a third bar to my portfolio.”

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