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Lancashire Pub operators open second site with Star Bar and Pubs

The pair have plans to create a 'great village pub' with new private dining space and a heated and covered courtyard. In addition, 30 new jobs are being created as part of the transformation of the pub

North West pub operators, Chis and Jon Nevin, have taken on their second pub with Star Pubs and Bars in 16 months, The Bay Horse in Worsthorne, Lancashire.

They are undertaking a joint £500,000 refurbishment with the group to transform the pub, which has been closed for over 18 months. 

The pair have plans to create a “great village pub” with new private dining space and a heated and covered courtyard. In addition, 30 new jobs are being created as part of the transformation of the pub.

It follows the brothers reopening of The Golden Lion in Rainford in 2020. According to the pair, trading has proved “extremely strong” in spite of the pandemic and the short trading period available. 

Chris has over 20 years experience in the pub industry working as an area manager for Bass, Mitchells and Butler, Travelodge, Spirit Pub Company and Greene King, relaunching many successful pubs and new hotels. 

Meanwhile, Jon has “complementary” experience in IT and finance.

Chris Nevin said: “Our plan is to build an estate of 10 pubs in the medium term, taking on a new site every six months.  We are located in the North West but are interested in sites in locations across the north, from Cheshire and the Lake District to West Yorkshire and the North York Moors.   

“Our business model is based on selecting sites with the optimal demographic guest base and transforming underperforming sites in suburban or village locations into businesses offering fresh food, premium drinks and excellent service. It’s all about putting the right team in place and doing simple things well.”

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