A range of al fresco investments by independent family brewer and regional pub operator Wadworth has ensured, with the temperatures soaring, a number of pubs are making the most of their outside areas.
The family brewer has recently completed a large external decoration and spruced up the garden at the Bush Inn in Ovington for £75,000 and a full external refurbishment and new patio dining area at the Beehive in Carterton for £70,000. Alongside these the courtyard at the Goat & Tricycle in Bournemouth has been enhanced, the Bear in Devizes has received a major facelift and a new outside bar and covered external trading area at the Crown in Devizes has seen the total investment reaching over £500,000.
Speaking about the al fresco investment programme, operations director for the Wadworth managed business, Rupert Bagnall said, “Outside areas in pubs are of equal importance to their internal trading spaces and that is why our continuous investment in these are reaping rewards. Customers want comfort outside as well as in. Our programme of developing these external areas to a high level so customers can really make the most of the weather with the same quality they would get inside is paramount to making their days”.
The development at the Crown in Devizes saw an increase of 60 additional covers with outside screens featuring sports and a street food open kitchen occupying part of the outside bar area.
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Pictured: The Crown al fresco area
About Wadworth: Wadworth is an independent family brewer and regional pub operator, very proud of its West Country roots. Founded by Henry A Wadworth, the business passed to his founding partner John Smith Bartholomew and is now in the fourth-generation of ownership by the Bartholomew family. Wadworth has created original beers at its brewery in Devizes, Wiltshire since 1875 and is one of the few remaining family brewers to deliver to the local area using shire horses. It also has a 200-strong pub estate and works hard with its business partners and managers to ensure that the pubs offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere, quality food and drink and excellent accommodation to make their customers’ days.