Two multiple operators are undertaking major investments with Star Pubs & Bars as part of a £960,000 investment in four Edinburgh pubs by the pub company in the first quarter of 2019.
The pub group is investing £325k in a £500k refurbishment of the 80-cover Annfield in partnership with Neil Douglas who also has the Ardnamurchan in Glasgow. The pub, which has been closed for a couple of years, is to re-open at the end of March as a neighbourhood bar. It will be renamed Basil’s (pictured) and boast a new modern industrial look will feature exposed brick walls and concrete panelling with retro painted slogans, a block wood rustic bar and bench seating. The nine-week refurbishment is already underway.
The Victoria, which has been closed since September 2018, will reopen at the end of March as Damm27. It’s a partnership with Andy McCartney, who recently opened Embargo in Glasgow. The pub is being completely overhauled, with the two-room layout being reconfigured to create one eating and drinking area. At its heart will be a new central bar surrounded by a mix of high tables and chairs and booth, banquette and freestanding seating. The walls will be stripped back to make a feature of the exposed stone, and new timber and tiled floors fitted.
Other pubs benefiting from investment in the first quarter include The Scotsman on Cockburn Street, which reopened on 1st February, having had its décor, bar and floor upgraded and The Spylaw in Colinton, where outside dining booths are being installed as part of a complete six-week refurbishment which commences this month.
The company also plans to invest a further £340,000 in The Phoenix on Broughton Street. It is currently looking for a licensee to take the pub forward.
Brian Davidson, Star Pubs & Bars Regional Operations Director
said, “We’re delighted to be kicking off 2019 by investing in some fantastic Edinburgh pubs, as invested pubs, especially those offering food, are good news not just for licensees who run them but for the communities they serve. Investment attracts new licensees, which then creates new jobs, boosts local businesses and helps brings people of all ages together throughout the day and evening.”