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25th January 2022

Brewers Arms gets £120k makeover with long term landlady

Long term landlady of over 25 years, Margaret Straughan, at The Brewers Arms in Berwick on Tweed

The Brewers Arms in Berwick on Tweed has undergone a £120,000 investment with long term landlady of over 25 years, Margaret Straughan.  The pub has been transformed internally throughout whilst maintaining the character of the traditional high street pub.  The bar has been redecorated with new seating areas and artwork linked to the military history in the area.

Speaking about her new look pub, Margaret said, “The pub is just lovely now.  We’ve retained its beautiful character; it looks so much better and the customers love it too as there’s more seating for eating and drinking”.

The new look pub also got to open with a flourish of new customers when it hosted stranded rail travellers including a young girl heading to Edinburgh, 15 electricians who turned up at 4.00 am and many who had lost their caravans during Storm Arwen.  Margaret fed them with her home cooked English classics and looked after them all, keeping them warm and safe in the renovated pub.

Business development manager for Greene King Pub Partners, Sarah Barron said, “Margaret has been running the Brewers Arms for 25 years now and is what you would call a genuine, traditional pub landlady.  She understands how to run a proper pub and with her at the helm and the new reinvigorated interior, the pub will go from strength to strength.

“She showed how a good pub should be when she helped out so many people during the recent storms and we are delighted that she runs a pub with Greene King Pub Partners.  She’s a real asset to us and the town of Berwick on Tweed”.

The electricity board has thanked Margaret with flowers and a cheque for the food she served their workers.  She has also received a personal message from the mother of the young girl who was stranded in the town.


About Greene King Pub Partners: Greene King is the UK’s largest pub company and brewer, with a history stretching back more than 200 years in its hometown of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. It currently employs around 40,000 people across its five divisions: Local Pubs; Destination Food Brands; Premium, Urban and Venture Brands; Pub Partners; and Brewing & Brands.

The Greene King Pub Partners division operates over 1000 leased, tenanted and franchise pubs across England, Scotland and Wales with independent business partners. In March 2021 it was recognised as the best leased and tenanted pub company at the Publican Awards, the 5th time Greene King Pub Partners has won the national industry award.

Press release from Greene King Pub Partners

Press Contact: Elaine Beckett,