Helping to fully revitalise the community pub, Ei Publican Partnerships has invested more than £100,000 into the Longford Engine on the outskirts of Coventry.
A new kitchen has been fitted, allowing the venue to introduce a food offering, along with the interior recieving a full makeover, with new fixtures and fittings, fully refurbished toilets and a restored conservatory.
But it's not just the inside that counts... the garden area which backs onto the canal has been enhanced and new signage has significantly improved the pub’s exterior.
Local resident Wesley Burke, who had never run a pub before taking over the Longford Engine in August last year, said the investment would breathe new life into the pub.
'I’ve lived in the area all my life so I knew the potential this pub had,' he said. 'There is a vibrant community around here but the pub has been lacking investment and was underused as a result. I spoke to my regional manager about my ambitions for the pub and he fully supported the idea of a refurbishment.
'Running a pub for me was a career change – I wanted to do something different and it’s been great so far, but I’m really excited about the new opportunities this refurbishment will bring. I am certain we’ll attract many more customers including local families in the area.'
'We’re always delighted when someone from the local area takes on a pub and has a vision with the local community in mind,' said Ei Publican Partnerships regional manager Peter Hooker. 'Wesley has been a very dedicated publican since he took on the Longford Engine so we were keen to support his ambitions. We’re certain this refurbishment will significantly increase his trade and provide a welcoming destination for local people.'
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