The investment has transformed The William Hardwicke throughout with contemporary décor and fittings.
New features include booth seating with mini-screens, a cocktail bar and a faux flower selfie wall. The project has also made sports a focus with the installation of four screens inside and a weatherproof 80-inch screen outside.
In addition, the pub’s beer garden, which seats 200 people, has also undergone reconstruction, adding an outside bar serving draught beer and a 9m x 9m giant umbrella to cover much of the area in rainy weather.
Dugald Macer, operations director for the South East at Star Pubs and Bars said: “We’ve been delighted to support Sussex Inns at The William Hardwicke. They’re incredibly professional operators with a real understanding of the local market.
“Their business model for The William Hardwicke taps into multiple revenue opportunities and unlocks the pub’s massive potential. The pub looks superb and, with staycationing on the increase, is set for a fantastic summer.”
The Sussex Inns’ estate encompasses a range of hospitality venues including hotels, bars and nightclubs. Its sites include The Town House at Arundel, The Horton Inn at Wimborne, The Playground in Portsmouth, and The Vestry and Southgate Sushi, both in Chichester.