Admiral Taverns invests over £500K in refurbishments

23 August, 2023

Admiral Taverns, one of Regency's pub partners, has invested £576,000 in the revitalisation of three pubs.

The Millhouse, situated in Dustan Park, Berkshire, has undergone a £177k transformation and the pub reopened its doors on 14th July with an interior refurbishment and a brand new sports zone.

In addition to this, the garden has been transformed into a outdoor dining, drinking and event space and a lineup of activities, including evenings of live music, a league for pool and darts enthusiasts, and quiz nights for charitable causes will be taking place.

The Blue Ball in Kintbury, also located in Berkshire, has undergone a £160k renovation and reopened with new indoor and outdoor spaces on 12th August with a weekend of events and entertainment.

Both pubs are managed by Mike and Kelly Ohlin; Mike has overseen operations at the Millhouse for 18 months and has been at the helm of the Blue Ball for a year.

Mike Ohlin commented:

"The results look fantastic and the feedback we've had so far has been great.

Having worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years, I'm confident both pubs will be important pillars of their communities, bringing people together."

Troy Bett, the Business Development Manager at Admiral, expressed great delight regarding the investment initiatives at these two venues.

Bett added:

"The results look amazing and will ensure both pubs sit at the heart of the communities.

We're continually investing into our pubs across the UK and strongly believe in the importance of offering local communities the resources they need to bring people together.

Mike brings both experience and charisma and I wish him every success for the future."

The Grapes in Melksham, the third establishment to benefit from recent investment, has also reopened this month following an extensive £238k renovation.

As one of Admiral's 'Proper Pubs', the location has undergone a complete interior and exterior transformation.

The inauguration evening was enriched with live music, followed by a weekend filled with live broadcasts of sporting events. Antoni Pearce, the operator, acclaimed the opening night as a splendid success, celebrating the sight of both familiar and novel clients gathering at the pub. He also commented the "fantastic" response received from guests.

MP Michelle Donelan said:

"Following huge investment and major refurbishment, supported by Admiral Taverns, the Grapes has reopened in Melksham.

It's great to see another local business thriving in our town and I look forward to popping into the pub for a drink over the summer."

Matthew Gurney, Proper Pubs operations director, commented:

"The refurbishment at the Grapes looks fantastic - the team have worked really hard to ensure it is a success for the local community.

On behalf on the Proper Pubs team, we would like to wish our community hero, Antoni, every success for the future in making the Grapes a fantastic hub of the community."

Admiral affirmed that allocating resources to enhance its pubs via capital expenditure stands as an integral aspect of the company's strategic approach.

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