Public Urban Bars is planning an expansion of its Cookhouse Pub & Carvery brand across the North West and North after undertaking its latest kitchen project.
The chain has commenced an £800,000 refurbishment of The Victoria in Rainhill with Star Pubs & Bars, which will convert the pub into its fourth Cookhouse Pub & Carvery site.
The revamped venue – also Public Urban Bar’s fourth pub with Star – will open in early October, creating 40 new jobs.
To meet the needs of the whole community it will feature all-day food, a function room with an entertainment programme and a large garden complete with a children’s play area.
The Victoria will be renamed the Cookhouse Pub & Carvery to mark its new direction.
The garden will be landscaped to provide alfresco drinking and dining for 200 customers, a heated covered pergola and an enclosed adventure playground.
The inside of the pub will receive a total makeover, too, opening it up and making it more contemporary.
The installation of a bigger kitchen will enable the Cookhouse Pub & Carvery to introduce all-day food for multiple occasions.
The pub will open for breakfast and offer a carvery, traditional pub classics and set menus for celebration meals.
Other new additions include an ice cream parlour and a coffee lounge area with a barista quality coffee machine.
Public Urban Bars has further Cookhouses at Prestatyn, Liverpool and Widnes.
The company is now planning expansion of the brand across the North West and North.
Co-founder Colin Stuart said: “The Cookhouse model has proved resilient during the pandemic. Trade picked up over night when we came out of lockdown.
“We aim to have something for everyone and give local residents great food, drinks and entertainment on their doorsteps, so they don’t need to travel. With people choosing to stay local, our pubs are busy.
“The pace and extent of our expansion will be determined by the availability of sites that are right for the brand but we can easily see growing to a group of 10 Cookhouses. Leasing with Star works brilliantly for us; their willingness to invest has contributed to the successful launch of the Cookhouse brand.”