Star Pubs £4.6m North West investment project gets underway

The Weld Blundell and the new licensee Mike Reeve (5)

Work is set to begin on Weld Blundell pub this week as part of Star Pubs & Bars North West development scheme.

The £490,000 refurbishment of The Weld Blundell pub in Lydiate follows a 15-month closure.

Work is expected to take two months with the pub scheduled to open in late October creating fifteen new jobs.

The project includes a new open plan kitchen, a barista quality coffee machine and alfresco dining options as well as internal and external decoration.

The expenditure is part of a £4.6 million investment to refurbish its 192 North West pubs, including £1.2 million in the Liverpool area where the leased pub operator has 23 pubs, in 2017.

MSR Pubs Ltd also operates The Yew Tree and The Plough at Preston with Star Pubs & Bars. Director Mike Reeve said: “I was hooked when I found out a refurbishment was planned and that it was with Star, as I already enjoy a good partnership with them at my two other pubs. I want to create a comfortable welcoming village pub where people can meet and enjoy a drink or a meal.”

Reeve added: “I think Star and MSR Pubs have a great appreciation of each other and I can only see the relationship strengthening. Like all good business partners, we are open in our discussions and happy to challenge each other on occasion, and this plays a vital role in driving the business forward.”

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