A popular County Durham pub will unveil its new look to guests when leisure venues re-open on Monday, April 12.
The Avenue pub in Shincliffe, Durham, will share its new outdoor space following a £1m investment.
The pub has benefited from a collaborative project by publicans Alan Bryan and Nicola Kay with Punch Pubs & Co as part of their Inside|Outside investment scheme.
Punch designed the scheme, investing over £1m into hundreds of their pubs’ outdoor spaces, to enable Publicans to maximise the opportunity of trading safely outside in line with Government Guidance.
Alan and Nicola have used the investment to transform an unused courtyard into a sheltered beer garden guests can enjoy all year round. It is the perfect setting for a beverage whilst basking in the sun, as they have installed AstroTurf, a shelter, seating, festoon lighting and all-important heaters.
Alan says, “Once the pandemic hit, we knew we had to adapt our business. Particularly as it was becoming increasingly clear we needed to bring the great pub atmosphere outside. It’s created space for up to 30 socially-distanced guests. As restrictions ease, we can move the tables around and seat even more people. We can’t wait to see our guests enjoying the new beer garden.”
Alan and Nicola have also strived to keep the pub at the centre of the community whilst closed. They quickly set-up a takeaway offer, delivering comfort food that locals love directly to their doors. Alan says, “It helped us to stay connected. It also gave our guests some normality. Everyone loves a Sunday roast.”
They kept things fresh, introducing new food menus and engaged with their community on social media. Alan shared tutorial videos on Facebook, showing guests how to recreate the pub’s famously delicious desserts at home.
Operations Manager, Jason Moran says, “It’s been great to work with Alan and Nicola on this project. They have delivered innovative ideas from day one and it’s been fantastic to see them come to life. Their enthusiasm and determination to provide a safe space for locals to come together has created a better pub for years to come.”