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8th November 2021

Award-Winning Hertfordshire Pub Reopens After £200,000 Refurbishment

The Crooked Billet, a CAMRA Silver Award-winning community pub has received an investment of over £200,000 by leading community pub group, Admiral Taverns. The pub, located on the outskirts of Ware in Hertfordshire, is run by licensee, Beverley Gefaell and will reopen on Friday 5th November following a transformational refurbishment.  

The newly renovated pub will see a full interior and exterior redecoration of the pub. Alongside the two indoor fireplaces, the pub will feature brand-new lighting, flooring and soft-furnishings to refresh and modernise the area. The outside of the pub will also receive a full redecoration to include new lighting and signage. 

Beverley has lived in the surrounding area for over 20 years and has built strong relationships with the residents of Ware, having worked at the Crooked Billet for three years prior to taking over the pub in 2019. She recently led the pub to winning a Silver Award in CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) South Hertfordshire branch of its Pub of the Year Competition. Beverley’s experience and success in the hospitality industry, combined with her passion and knowledge of the local community, makes her the perfect licensee for The Crooked Billet.   

The Crooked Billet is predominantly a traditional drinking pub with a wide selection of lagers, gins and wines for the locals to stop in and enjoy. As part of the refurbishment, the pub will also be fitted with a new catering kitchen in order to produce a small food offering for themed evenings, such as Indian or Mexican night.  

For Beverley, the most important thing is to maintain The Crooked Billet’s place within the community by ensuring it’s both a safe, welcoming place.  Recently, Beverley helped to raise the funds to purchase one of the area’s only defibrillators, and have it installed at the pub. She is keen for The Crooked Billet to provide a secure, accessible and enjoyable environment for all those in the surrounding area. 

Licensee, Beverley Gefaell, commented: “Pubs are about more than just beer, they’re the backbone of a community. A local business should look to give back to those in the local area and I want to try and bring the people of Ware together. I want everyone to feel welcome in The Crooked Billet, and for it to be a place where people can relax, unwind and enjoy themselves!” 

Beverley’s vision for The Crooked Billet is to create a social hub that is accessible to all, so she has put forward two fantastic initiatives. Every Monday from 2pm-4pm Beverley hosts the ‘Nitter Natter’ group for all the local ladies to come down and have a gossip, and on Wednesday from 10:30-12pm she hosts the ‘Local Social’. This is a time for the older generations of Ware to come down and enjoy a chat, a brew and a piece of cake. 

Mick Sheridan, Admiral Taverns Business Development Manager, said: “Beverley’s genuine passion for the pub industry is contagious! The locals adore her, and it’s quite clear that she really cares for them and what they want. Not only does she do a fantastic offering in The Crooked Billet, but she has fostered such a brilliant atmosphere too. I’m so pleased to have her on-board and I look forward to seeing her continue to take the pub forward.” 

Throughout the pandemic, Admiral has taken a highly proactive and supportive approach towards its licensees, offering significant rent aid as well as specific reopening support, beer credits, online training and support to access local authority grants. 

Notes to Editors

Admiral Taverns (“Admiral”), the UK’s number one community pub group. Headquartered in Chester; the Group operates a national estate of c.1,600 predominantly wet-led community pub. Admiral’s unique operational approach has earnt industry recognition with the Group awarded Best Leased and Tenanted Pub Company in 2019, 2016 and 2013 and ranked highly commended as Best Community Pub Operator in 2017. The Group has also been consistently highly rated by licensees in the industry’s independent annual Tenant Track survey, exceeding the scores of all its national peers.

Press release from Admiral Taverns