Distinctive Inns is to open a fourth ‘pub & kitchen’ site in July, its third in partnership with Star Pubs & Bars.
The latest venture will see The Dorset Arms in Compton Acres, West Bridgford, renamed The Dorset Pub & Kitchen following a £450,000 joint refurbishment with Star Pubs & Bars.
The site, which had previously been run as a Mediterranean restaurant, had been closed since the end of 2018. 20 new jobs are to be created when it reopens as a pub serving gastro-style food.
Funds are being spent reconfiguring the interior to create a larger drinking area with additional seating for 30 and two smaller dining areas and a conservatory, clearly demarking the dining and drinking areas.
The look and feel of The Dorset Pub & Kitchen will be very different to other nearby pubs with a quirky, opulent, stylish design. This will include velvet covered sofas and button back smoking chairs and armchairs in burnt orange and air force blue and high leather stools and floral fabric covered bar stools.
The food proposition will be the ‘best of British’ and include pub classics such as battered cod & hand-cut chips, pies, aged steaks and grills as well as modern a la carte dishes using seasonal, ethically sourced local ingredients, wherever possible.
James Bull, director of Distinctive Inns, said of their plans: “Our aim is to put The Dorset Pub & Kitchen back on the map not just as a great food venue, but as an exceptional ‘pub’, bringing back the local drinkers and becoming a hub for the community. It’s in a great location with lots of chimney pots and near an A road so should have good footfall for eating and drinking.
“Our last venture was The Priory in Nanpantan four years ago, which has been a runaway success. We’ve deliberately taken our time before taking on a fourth pub as we wanted to test the business model and put in place the infrastructure and management systems that we felt we needed to accelerate our growth.
“This is money and time well spent as it will allow us now to operate further afield in Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire as well as Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Our plan is to open 10-12 sites over the next 10 years.”