Star Pubs & Bars is pumping £555,000 into transforming the outside of its Scottish pubs and creating great outdoor spaces during 2019, with 21 pubs set to benefit. Star’s outdoor improvements are part of its ongoing £4 million investment programme in Scotland for 2019.
External makeovers of 14 pubs will improve their appeal and attract passing trade. The projects include redecoration, lighting and new signs to boost impact. The schemes also reposition and enhance entrances to give them maximum prominence and modernise dated – looking buildings.
Outdoor areas will be turned into attractive gardens and alfresco eating and drinking spaces at seven pubs. The upgraded areas are designed to increase covers and trading space for licensees. Features such as awnings, festoon lighting and astro turf will lengthen the garden season and provide weather-proofing.
The trend for ‘bringing the outside in’ will be maximised. Bi-fold doors will be installed to connect inside areas to gardens and open up pubs lacking outdoor space onto the street to create a café feel in good weather.
Says Mick Howard, Star Pubs & Bars operations director for the North: “Scotland’s pub-goers increasingly want to eat and drink outside. It’s something many people enjoy when they’re travelling abroad and they love getting that sameholiday feel at their local. We’ve been working flat out to complete as many gardens as possible in time for the summer.“
Case study (pictured)
As part of a £425,000 refurbishment of The Seaglass Inn at Port Seton, Star Pubs & Bars is turning a little-used smoking area at the rear of the pub into a boutique-style courtyard garden, adding to the pub’s seaside vibe. The sheltered spot will have 30 covers and is expected to be in use from April to October. Accessed through glass doors from the dining area, the garden’s walls and furniture will be painted in a similar colour paletteto the interior in order to link the two spaces. Bespoke artwork, planting and distinctive deck chairs will enhance the stylish look. Festoon lighting and sail covers will both lengthen the garden’s use and provide further decorative features.