McMullen, the family brewer based in Hertford, has invested over £90,000 in an extensive refurbishment of The Steamer, a community pub occupying a prominent position on the main road through the village in the south of Old Welwyn, Hertfordshire.
The Steamer has undergone a full interior and exterior refurbishment, creating a warm and inviting yet professional atmosphere with a food and drink offer that appeals to local residents and visitors alike. Inside, the previously separate restaurant and bar areas have been opened up into one larger space, which has created seating for 30 more people. Central heating has been installed, alongside new flooring, soft furnishings, lighting and seating.
Outside, The Steamer has benefitted from new signage to attract passers-by, while patio areas have been opened up to create attractive outside dining sections. The Steamer now has an emphasis on quality ales and wines and simple traditional pub food. The new food offering consists of a breakfast menu, daytime meals with key pub favourites followed by authentic Indian cuisine served every evening
The Steamer also welcomes Dan Tubbs, who has previously managed pubs for JD Wetherspoon for nine years, as its new landlord. Dan comments: “I’m really enjoying running my own pub, particularly one that has the potential to become a true cornerstone of the community. The Steamer has been given a new lease of life thanks to its extensive refurbishments, and the feedback we’ve received from customers to date has been incredibly positive.”
Gavin Mansfield, Tenant Operations Manager at McMullen, comments: “The Steamer needed considerable renovations to give it the welcoming and comfortable feel that we wanted, and is already proving well worth the investment. Dan is a great landlord, very professional, and exactly the type of person we like to partner with at McMullen. We are always looking for talented and driven entrepreneurs, though not necessarily experienced operators, who would enjoy the rewarding challenge of running their own pub.”
Image caption: The Steamer in Welwyn, after its £90,000 refurbishment
Notes to Editors
McMullen is a family brewer based in Hertford, England. The company operates 49 tenanted pubs and 86 managed outlets, including seven 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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