Pubs and Bars

Fine and Country Inns launches second star site

Dining firm Fine and Country Inns has launched its eighth venue in its estate The Masons Arms in Thorpe Hesley, South Yorkshire after a £430,000 refurbishment with Star Pubs and Bars.

The new pub, which is the second with Star Pubs and Bars, aims to specialise in meeting local demand in Wentworth Woodhouse stately home with its food offering.

The LED lighting designs, three beach huts equipped with heating, lighting and phone chargers as well as an alfresco area help decorate the outside area of The Masons Arms, which can seat around 100 people.

Meanwhile, the inside has kept the pub’s traditional architecture, with a new panelled walling, an old brickwork, a fireplace, a bay window and a display of old photographs and memorabilia in the Wentworth and Thorpe Hesley rooms.

The pub also offers a range of food from traditional pub favourites to modern British cuisine in addition to afternoon coffees, teas and cakes. Fine and Country Inns will also be seeking Cask Marque accreditation to add local beers through Star’s partnership with SIBA.

Gary Hunt, Fine and Country Inns CEO, said: “We have no upper limit or barrier to growth, we are simple considering every opportunity on its merits. Whilst leaseholds have allowed us to expand more quickly, we are now looking for both leasehold and freehold venues, as freeholds will create long-term investment value in the group.

“We are also currently working on an amazing six-bedroom boutique hotel with a fine dining restaurant and a trendy bistro wine bar so this will open up opportunities for us in the hotel sector. It is great to be building a relationship with Star – both of us are investing large amounts of money to create great venues for people to enjoy.”

Mick Howard, Star Pubs and Bars operations director for the North, said: “Fine and Country Inns are both superb pub and business operators with the highest of standards. Their attention to detail and vision are phenomenal, and we are delighted to be working with them.”

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