4th November 2014


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The historic Nags Head pub in Henley in Arden is set to reopen next week following a £210k refurbishment by its new licensees Delia and Michael Scott and Star Pubs & Bars. The Scotts also operate the Roebuck Inn at Warwick; the Nags Head is their second site with the company.

The five-week project has involved a total transformation of the Grade 2 listed Nags Head restoring it to a quality traditional pub aimed at the whole community. With Michael’s 30 years experience as a chef and Delia’s 25 years in catering and restaurant management, food will be a new focus for the previously wet led pub and the kitchen has been upgraded and extended and a dining area created to enable this.

The couple are aiming to replicate their success with food at the Roebuck Inn which they have built up to 40% of sales since taking the pub on six years ago. The Nags Head will offer a menu of excellent quality pub food, reasonably priced to appeal to a broad cross section of customers and using locally sourced ingredients.

Other changes at the Nags Head have included redecorating inside and out, installing a barista coffee bar with comfortable seating, replacing the toilets, putting in a separate area for watching sports and making over the pub’s garden.

Says Delia, “Leased pubs have provided a good route to enabling us to have our own business built on our love and experience of food and catering. The Nags Head is a beautiful pub in a great location with the potential to build up trade by developing a food offer. It is only 15 minutes away from the Roebuck Inn so is the perfect site for our second pub enabling us to easily be involved in both businesses.”

Adds Chris Jowsey, trading director for Star Pubs & Bars, “The Scotts’ achievement in building food sales at the Roebuck is extremely impressive and we wish them every success at the Nags Head. The development of food is a key feature of our £18.5 million investment programme in 2014 helping us to further our ambition that every pub in the estate will serve food and that it will account for 50% of sales by 2020.”


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Further information from: Siobhan FitzPatrick – 07956 542558 Lucy Hall – 07775 850206