Twenty Scottish Pubs in the Star Pubs & Bars are set to get revamped exteriors as part of a £550,000 investment in the estate this year.
Nearly two thirds of the funds have been earmarked for redecoration, new lighting, signage, and cladding, plus other finishes for less attractive buildings, says the company. The improvements will include pubs such as Innes Bar in Inverness, the Old Crown Inn in Penicuik (pictured), Bar West in Hamilton and Hole In The Wa’, Dumfries.
New outdoor areas are planned for seven pubs, adding more covers for alfresco eating and drinking and better space for licensees to hold events. Features including retractable awnings, lighting and astro turf with weather-proof gardens to enable use beyond the summer months.
Star Pubs & Bars Property Director, Chris Moore, said, “This expenditure is an essential part of our 2018 £4.4m investment in Scottish pubs. A pub’s external appearance is vital to its success; our research shows it sends all sorts of signals to passers by on what they’ll find inside. Customers now expect a fantastic environment outside as well as inside.” He continued, “Our own calculations suggest a properly designed garden can increase drink and food sales by as much as £50,000 a year.”