North West community pub operator Bind Tiger Inns is taking over the lease of The Rose & Crown in Chorley and undertaking a £75,000 investment with Star Pubs & Bars to make it more comfortable and contemporary. The pub is Blind Tiger Inns’ thirteenth site.
The pub has a reputation for live music, cask ale and sports, and the operator’s plans will build on this. Changes will include installing six new HD screens and a state of the art sound system to improve sports viewing, creating a comfy area of booth seating, upgrading the cellar and installing SmartDispense, and revamping the garden with new furniture, planting and an outdoor TV screen, as well as festoon lighting and heating to enable year-round use. The refurbishment work will be undertaken by Blind Tiger Inns’ network of contractors.
Says Blind Tiger Inns’ MD Chris Tulloch, “In our experience a safe comfortable environment, great entertainment and outstanding quality coupled with good value for money are key to success in community pubs. It’s a tried and tested formula for us and is delivering 30% sales growth year on year at our pubs. The offer at The Rose & Crown will be in line with this. We’ll be keeping the pub as a traditional local but complementing it with the latest technology and a fantastic new look.
“We’ve built up a strong partnership with Star Pubs & Bars at our sites with them and appreciate the flexibility of being able to undertake the work ourselves.”
Adds David Pritchard, Star Pubs & Bars regional operations director for the North West, “Blind Tiger Inns understand and deliver what pub-goers want. They have a great track record of growing business at the community locals they operate with us.”