Robinsons takes next step in landmark refurbishment programme

The Airport Pub & Grill

Robinsons Brewery has reopened The Airport Pub & Grill near Manchester Airport after a 16-week shutdown for a landmark refurbishment.

The overhaul of the venue has been so significant that the chain’s design team have branded it the most unique refurbishment in Robinsons’ history.

“We’ve thrown the rulebook out,” explained Simon Taylor, business development manager for Robinsons’ new Managed Houses operation. “The scale of this refurbishment is something that has never been seen within our estate.”

The site is located just 50 feet away from Manchester Airport’s Terminal 3 runway, making it the closest you can get to a plane without boarding it in the UK and a prime destination for aviation enthusiasts and plane spotters.

Foodservice equipment installer Sprint Group was contracted to oversee the project and led the installation of the commercial kitchen and bar.

Taylor said the kitchen operation was planned with input from both the Robinsons and Sprint teams.

“Sprint worked closely with the development team from the very beginning of the concept providing ideas and solutions as we put our scheme together. The end result is a great kitchen which will help us meet the needs of our customers efficiently and effectively. The installation was smooth and on time.”

Sprint was also involved in Robinsons projects at The Wagon Inn at Uppermill and The Prince of Orange in Ashton under Lyne.

The Airport Public House & Grill is strategically important to Robinsons Brewery as it marks a move back into Managed Houses for the chain.

William Robinson, managing director of Robinsons Brewery’s pubs division, said the company is preparing for the largest year of pub investments in its 175-year history.

“We’re excited for this next evolutionary step in our history. While we have previously operated in managed houses, The Airport is our first flagship Managed House and signifies the start of several high-profile developments across our estate.”

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