A pub in Carlisle has been given a £330k refurbishment by Star Pubs & Bars and its multiple-operator owner to revive the history of the building that dates back to the early 1900s.
The Howard Arms in Carlisle is owned by Dianne Irving, who approached Star with the idea to renovate the property with a 1920’s feel, using the investment to transform the property with furniture and décor that harks back to that era.
A new kitchen has also been installed on the first floor to make extra trading space.
As part of the new look, staff at The Howard Arms wear collarless shirts, braces and flat caps, while the menu offers home-cooked British food such as spam fritters, mince and dumplings and treacle sponge.
A piano and games such as cribbage and skittles are also new additions.
Irving has two other pubs in the area, including the White Mare at Beckermet which is also with Star, and is looking to expand with a view to having five leased pubs in and around Carlisle.
Irving says: “Having lived in the area for the last 30 years I’ve got a good local knowledge which helps identify strong pub business opportunities. Leased is the way to go as far as I’m concerned as I don’t want to put capital into a freehold.”
Star Pubs & Bars operations director, Gary Corney said the group is investing £550k into the city’s pubs this year as part of its £50m pub investment programme.
He adds: “Dianne is a great licensee and very creative. We’ve been delighted to support her in this new venture. There’s nothing like The Howard Arms in the city, it’s a fantastic addition and a destination venue.