Belhaven to invest in future of tenanted pubs in Scotland
Belhaven Pub Partners has announced a £2.5 million investment in its tenanted pubs across Scotland.
The pub operator, owned by Greene King, revealed that 30 Belhaven sites will undergo major improvements in the coming months, with additional financial input from licensees.
The future investments include a refurbishment of a pub close to Belhaven’s brewery in Dunbar, and also the Railway Hotel at Haddington in East Lothian.
Clive Chesser, managing director of Greene King, said, “We are investing a higher proportion of our money in Scotland than ever before and we see it as a place of real opportunity for us going forward.
“We are committed to continued capital investment in support of licensees across the country, including a number of major transformation schemes. We have some outstanding pubs within our Belhaven estate and in recent months we have worked hard to make them better still for guests.”
Scottish venues that have already enjoyed such makeovers include the Terrace in Edinburgh (pictured above) and the Elizabethan pub in Dunfermline. Andrena Smith-Bowes, a licensee of the Elizabethan, said the new design, which makes more use of space in the venue, has already helped to boost business.
She said, “The outside has been smartened up with a new decking area created, but the biggest changes have been inside with a huge dining area. The pub’s original customers appreciate the changes we’ve made and we now have more local residents using us regularly.”
Belhaven has also made a joint investment to bring a new Lebowskis to Glasgow’s southside in Strathbungo, including major building work to create space for a kitchen, a new fire exit to the rear of the bar area and a fully revamped frontage.