R&A Sports Bar in Irvine town centre has rebranded as The Northern Way following the £500k renovation by new owners Amber Taverns.
The refurb of the community-focused High Street venue, which opened at the end of July, builds on the success of the previous independent owners. As well as Amber Taverns existing Kilmarnock pub, The Standing Man, the move is part of a triple takeover from Amber Taverns who are also opening two new pubs in Chester and Durham.
James Baer, chief executive of Amber Taverns, said, “These three new pub openings demonstrate our continued conviction in the Amber model of a well-designed, contemporary pub with broad demographic appeal, which offers a good quality customer experience in a vibrant and comfortable setting at reasonable prices.
“Interestingly, the three freehold properties derive from different sources – one former retail site, a private operator and a large national chain – all of which demonstrate our ability to identify opportunities and carry out good quality refurbishments which enable us to keep growing the business, underpinning the enduring appeal of a high quality, local community pub thriving at the heart of the communities they serve.”