Walkabout operator Intertain has confirmed it is to open two new venues in the West Midlands.
The new sites in Lichfield and Solihull were previously owned by Town & Country Inns and are currently trading under the Après brand. They are to close later this month to undergo a £1m refurbishment and re-open as ‘new-style’ Walkabout venues in time for the Rugby World Cup in September.
The news comes after Intertain purchased its first
new Walkabout site since 2009, back in March this year. Walkabout Brighton opened in May. The company – which was formed from beleaguered pub operator Regent Inns following its collapse into administration – earlier agreed a restructure of its main debt facilities and secured additional funding from investor Better Capital, to revive the Walkabout brand.
Intertain CEO, John Leslie, said: 'We’re very excited to be opening these two new venues. We now have a fantastic platform from which to build for the future. Solihull and Lichfield are both great towns and we’re looking forward to introducing customers to our "new style" Walkabout.'
The new style bars will feature a ‘Reef Bar’ where video screen showing the beach and beneath the sea, aim to give the impression of being at the Great Barrier Reef.