Stonegate Pub Company has invested over £350,000 to refurbish a site with ‘student friendly’ technology.
The Bristol Pear, located in Selly Oak close to Birmingham University, has been fitted with high-speed broadband connections, extra plug sockets with phone chargers available on loan, plus USB ports installed on tables. The pub also offers free printing services, and customers can select music to be played using their phone.
As well as the latest technology, Stonegate is also introducing a food and drink menu that taps into current trends. There will be craft and cask beer for the first time. Five craft pumps have been installed and will serve a rotating selection of beers including Brewdog’s Five Am Red Ale, Thornbridge’s Jaipur, Meantime beer and Proper Job by St Austell’s Brewery. Four cask taps will offer beers from local breweries such as Stourbridge-based Sadler's. Third pint taster trays and two or three pint flagons are available. Retro drinks, Dr Pepper and Ting will be available as well as spirit infusions.
The pub will be open from 8am for breakfast, and also includes a ‘grab and go’ counter stocked with snacks, frappes and smoothies. The food menu has been designed to pick up on the food truck craze and includes ribs, eight different burgers, hot dogs and salads.
Stonegate Pub Company is the largest privately held managed pub operator in the UK, with revenues in excess of half a billion pounds, and employing over 12,000 people. It has more than 600 pubs, including those operated under the Classic Inns, Local Pubs, Great Traditional Pubs, Slug and Lettuce, Yates and Bars & Venues brands.