The Gardeners also reopens this weekend following a £380,000 joint refurbishment has transformed the pub into a “modern family friendly neighbourhood local” broadening its appeal with the introduction of food. Some 16 new jobs have been created as a result.
The interior has been opened up to create an open-plan space seating 120 with an island bar, feature wine ceiling art and screens throughout giving customers the option where to sit to eat, drink or watch sport.
Outside, the pub has been given a complete facelift with new signage and planting and a new garden area created at the rear with covered pergola and festoon lighting, seating for 80 for alfresco eating and dining, and outdoor games.
The kitchen has also been extended to enable the pub to offer fresh, home cooked food, the only pub in the area to do so.
Neil Sparkes, director at Priory Inns, said: “What we do works. We’ve got no finite number for the size of our business going forward. Our expansion plans will be determined by getting the right team to work for us. They need to be good, happy, friendly staff focussed on giving customers everything they want. We give staff the autonomy to deliver this.
“Finding pubs for our expansion plans shouldn’t be a problem as there are a lot of good pubs, like The Gardeners, and we’ve got a strong record, so pub companies like working with us. In our experience the leased and tenanted model works when you can put together a mutually beneficial deal where both parties make money.”
David Pritchard, regional operations director, Star Pubs and Bars, added: “We’re delighted that Neil and his team have taken on The Gardeners. He has The White Hart in Warrington with us and has a great track record of turning around under-performing pubs.
“We wish him every success with this latest venture and look forward to future projects as he grows his North West based estate further.”