Stockport family brewers, Robinsons Brewery, has completed refurbishments at 20 of its tenanted and managed pubs since the beginning of the pandemic as part of a multi-million pound investment programme in its pub estate.
Investments have delivered general repairs and redecorations to enhance the quality of pubs, but also ensured they are safe and ready to welcome back customers as Covid-19 restrictions ease.
The brewery was also shortlisted as Pub Company of the Year at the 2021 Publican Awards, despite the challenges for the industry throughout the pandemic. Being shortlisted two years running is a real cause of pride for the family-run brewery, which has continued to fly the flag and support its licensees and employees in the face of the pandemic.
Looking forward to the 21st of June and with lockdown rules gradually easing, people can now visit pubs and enjoy some long-awaited pub classics and ales. Robinsons’ have introduced safe and stylish outdoor areas across their pub estate, revamping original patio areas introducing outdoor heaters, and creating snug seating and sheltered spaces. Many beer gardens have been transformed into relaxing spaces with marquees, pods and outdoor dining areas, increasing the number of covers and allowing for a more comfortable experience; the same dedication has been given to the pub interiors, which customers can now also enjoy.
William Robinson, Managing Director (Pub Division), said:
Investment, licensee support and training have been key drivers over the last year in particular. We have invested a large amount of capital expenditure and completed just over 20 pub refurbishments. As a result, our pubs have traded well when the weather has permitted, with infection rates at very low levels and on the back of the success of the vaccination programme, the government must permit a full relaxation of restrictions from 21st June. We fully expect that outdoor areas will remain very popular; customer safety and great experiences are the bedrock of a great pub visit.”
Ben Robinson, Director of Tenanted Sales, commented:
It has been pleasing to have received many enquiries from high quality operators who have been attracted to run our pubs over the past twelve months. In a time where circumstances have prevailed against our industry and the challenges of the hospitality industry have been apparent for all to see, it has been reassuring that proven operators not only see the value in a business partnership with Robinsons, but they share our optimism for the future of the pub.”
Robinsons Brewery operates over 240 tenanted and 20 managed pubs in North Wales and the North West of England. For a full list of Robinsons’ pubs, visit the brewery website and have a search via their pub finder tool.