Weston Castle Takes Three Pubs With Star Pubs & Bars

17th March 2014

North West multiple operator, Weston Castle, has signed three year leases on three pubs with Star Pubs & Bars, the White House at Irlam, the Old Bridge House in Blackpool and the Station Hotel, Altrincham.

All of the sites are wet-led community locals in good locations which are trading well. With Weston Castle’s expertise in this sector of the market and untapped potential from function rooms, sports and entertainment, the pubs offer the opportunity to further increase trade.

With an estate of 25 freehold and two long-term leased pubs, this is the first time that Weston Castle has taken on pubs on shorter term, non-FRI leases.

Says Chris Tulloch, Weston Castle managing director, "We like the Heineken brand range and have a good relationship with the company stretching back over a number of years on the freehold side of our business. These pubs fit our estate profile perfectly and it felt the right time to extend our partnership and try the leased pub model with Star Pubs & Bars. It’s a great way of expanding our business with a lower capital investment than required with freeholds and enables us to tap into some really good support from marketing and retailing expertise to deals such as 30% off Sky."

Adds Chris Jowsey, trading director with Star Pubs & Bars, "Weston Castle has a strong track record of developing community pub businesses to fulfill their maximum potential and we are delighted to be working with such an experienced and professional operator. Our choice of cider and beer brands and extensive knowledge of the sector, combined with Weston Castle's expertise are a great synergy and the foundations for a strong partnership in taking these pubs even further."