Few operators have made such a strong declaration to transform group kitchens this year as Star Pubs & Bars, which is on a mission to upgrade its estate and introduce a comprehensive food and coffee offering into pubs where it was previously absent.
Managing director Lawson Mountstevens is the man sanctioning this plan, which includes £20m worth of investment this year alone.
By investing in new kitchens and changing the layout of its pubs, parent company Heineken is convinced that it can convert underperforming pubs into local hubs the whole community can enjoy. 70% of the budget it is putting into this project is being spent on transformational projects valued at more £100,000, while just under half of the investment will go towards improving pubs in rural and suburban areas.
“Over the past five years we have invested circa £100m in transforming our pubs in hundreds of communities across the country,” says Lawson. “The continued investment creates pubs people want to use, benefitting local communities and creating local jobs.”
Some of Star’s pubs have seen food and drink sales double over the past year as the investment in new kitchens, coffee machines and catering facilities has paid dividends.
Company: Star Pubs & Bars
Address: 3-4 Broadway Park, South Gyle Broadway, Edinburgh, EH12 9JZ
Tel: 0345 878 7076
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