Kitchen overhaul signals new direction for London pub with big ambitions


A North West pub operator is set to overhaul the kitchen at a new site it has just taken on in Uxbridge.

Arusha Group has taken a substantive lease on The Bear on the Barge – its third site with Star Pubs & Bars – as it embarks on a joint £475,000 refurbishment with the pub company.

A chunk of that investment will be spent on a new kitchen, which will enable The River Garden to introduce a wide choice of freshly-made food.

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The all-day menu will include traditional pub favourites and a la carte dining. Pizzas – made in the venue’s own wood-fired pizza oven – will be a specialty.

A new barista coffee machine will serve hot drinks throughout the day, and afternoon teas will be offered.

The investment is designed to transform the pub into a great quality, family-friendly bar and restaurant.

To signal its new direction and reflect its location on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the pub will be renamed ‘The River Garden’.

Work starts in mid-September and The River Garden is scheduled to open in early December, creating 30 new jobs.

The project will renovate and repaint the building’s exterior, adding a new café-style patio seating 30 at the front.

A stretch tent for all-weather eating and drinking and an adult games area are planned for the pub’s 600-seater waterside garden in time for next summer.

A total revamp of the interior will keep all its character whilst upgrading it throughout and making it more contemporary and stylish.

The building will be opened up to create additional seating for 50 people. To cater for all occasions it will have separate bar and dining areas as well as a new private dining room.

Arusha Group now has five leased pub and bars to the North West of London. Its estate encompasses a variety of large high-volume venues ranging from a traditional community pub to a premium high street cocktail bar.

Sandy Bhambra, co-founder of Arusha Group, said: “Subject to availability of suitable leased sites, I can envisage growing to a group of 10 or more venues. Pub companies own a lot of the best pubs in this area and leasing from them works perfectly for us as we can expand more quickly.”

The refurbishment of The Bear on the Barge is part of Star Pubs & Bars’ 2021 £38m investment programme, which includes 80 major pub makeovers.

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