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6th May 2014


McMullen, the family brewer based in Hertford, has continued its on-going investment into its tenanted pub portfolio, with over £240,000 worth of renovations recently completed at five of its sites, including three based in Hertfordshire.

The Baker Arms in Bayford, which was formerly a row of farm workers’ cottages, has enjoyed a £60,000 renovation. New secondary glazing in all customer areas boosts the pub’s eco efficiency, while the six en-suite guest rooms have been upgraded to ensure they offer comfortable and attractive accommodation of a high standard. The retail bar areas have also given a makeover, with a fresh cream and pastel green design, alongside new signage to attract passers-by.

The Victoria, located in Ware, has undergone a £40,000 refurbishment, with the bar and wider pub area, previously two rooms, turned into one, larger space. The six guest rooms have been refreshed, as have the toilets, while new signage has also been installed. In addition, £35,000 has been spent on The Almond Tree in Stevenage, with both bar areas and the toilets given a makeover. The public bar in particular has been transformed, with new seating including benches, tables and bar stool, as well as a light and airy design using of warm, neutral colours and shades of burgundy, cream and pink.

The Sibthorpe Arms in Welham received a £40,000 investment, with the aim of creating a better dining experience. The pub has been transformed into one area, and now features a cosy, traditional décor with earthy, heritage shades, which encourages customers to relax over a meal, complemented by a new menu offering pub favourites and hearty dishes.

Finally, The Sebright Arms in Barnet, has undergone a substantial £65,000 investment to ensure a premium offering and enhanced food offering to customers. The lounge bar features attractive Victorian blue and cream shades, and the main bar uses neutral coffee and cream tones. A glass panel has been installed to separate the two areas while allowing visibility of both. The outside of the pub has also been given a makeover, with new signage and the toilets have been extensively refurbished to reflect the focus on the guest experience.

Fergus McMullen, Production and Sales Director of McMullen, comments: “We’re in the middle of an extensive investment programme to ensure our tenants have a McMullen pub that is comfortable and attractive to customers, and is also competitive in its retailing appearance and facilities. We’re always keen to work with entrepreneurial landlords who have a firm vision of how they want their pub to be, and will provide the support necessary to make their site a success. We are thrilled with the results so far.”


Notes to Editors
About McMullen
McMullen is a family brewer based in Hertford, England. The company operates 45 tenanted pubs, eight POAs and 81 managed outlets, including six Baroosh style bars, the first of which opened in Hertford in 2000. All McMullen pubs and bars are located in the northern Home Counties, from central London to Chelmsford in the East, to Windsor in the West and to Cambridge in the North.

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