The Howard Arms pub in Carlisle has reopened after a £330,000 joint renovation between operator Dianne Irving and Star Pubs and Bars.
The investment sympathetically restored the Grade II listed building whilst installing a new kitchen on the first floor to make extra trading space.
The pub has been style in commemoration 1916 to 1972 when the Government took Carlisle’s pubs into state management.
The menu offers traditional home cooked British food like spam fritters, mince and dumplings and treacle sponge. The activities have been styled in 20s fashion, with games such as cribbage and skittles, a piano for sing-alongs and quoits and Aunt Sally in the garden.
Irving said: “I approached Star with the idea and they loved it. It has been a good partnership they’ve supported me throughout and given me the freedom to bring my vision to life. We’ve taken The Howard Arms back to the 1920s but we’re also serving modern ‘essentials’ like Prosecco and barista-quality coffee.”
“Having lived in the area for the last 30 years I’ve got a good local knowledge which helps identify strong pub business opportunities. Leased is the way to go as far as I’m concerned as I don’t want to put capital into a freehold.”
Gary Corney, operations director, Star Pubs and Bars, added: “Dianne is a great licensee and very creative. We’ve been delighted to support her in this new venture. There’s nothing like The Howard Arms in the city, it’s a fantastic addition and a destination venue.
“Carlisle is a regional centre, with lots to offer residents and visitors. We’re pleased to be investing £550,000 in the city’s pubs this year as part of our nationwide £50 million pub investment programme.”