Sussex Inns has expanded to six sites, taking a substantive lease at The William Hardwicke at Bognor Regis following a £275,000 refurbishment with Star Pubs & Bars.
In order to appeal to the whole community, The William Hardwicke will have a broad offer that changes throughout the day including morning coffee and cake, all-day home-made food, sports screenings, and nighttime DJs, bands and dancing.
The investment has completely upgraded The William Hardwicke throughout with a stylish contemporary décor and fixtures and fittings.
The pub boasts one of the largest gardens in Bognor. The revamp has maximised the 200-seater space, adding an outside bar serving draught beer and a giant umbrella to cover much of the area in rainy weather.
New gazebos at the front will provide sheltered seating for a further 40 people.
Iain Brown, managing director at Sussex Inns, said: “The William Hardwicke is the oldest and one of the biggest pubs in the town. It’s a Bognor Regis institution and well-loved by residents. The pub has been a cracking venue in the past that has catered for all ages. We want to recapture that success with a chameleon offer providing great quality and service whatever the occasion.”
The Sussex Inns’ estate encompasses a range of hospitality venues including hotels, bars and a nightclub.
The company is now looking for further leased and freehold pubs and hotels with development opportunities in affluent villages across Southern England.
Mr Brown added: “After our experience at The William Hardwicke, we’d love to take more sites with Star. They have looked after us really well over a very difficult period.”
Sussex Inns’ sites include The Town House at Arundel, The Horton Inn at Wimborne, The Playground in Portsmouth, and The Vestry and Southgate Sushi, both in Chichester.