Border Reiver given a new lease of life with major £360K investment

25th March 2015

The Border Reiver in Sandfield Park, Carlisle is closing on 6th April for a major £360k refurbishment by Star Pubs & Bars, HEINEKEN¹s pub business and lessees Tony and Michelle Greerson, which will transform the pub into a family friendly pub offering traditional pub food and a new coffee lounge offering authentic Italian coffee.

The pub reopens in early June, creating seven new jobs and it will be renamed The Reiver. It will be open all day and will be the only pub in the area to offer coffee and wi-fi, to serve food and to put on live entertainment.

Funds are being spent on a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the pub creating a light modern pub with a welcoming traditional decor. The layout of the pub will be open plan with distinct drinking, coffee and dining areas, increasing floorspace by 25%. There will a new long bar, new slate, carpet and oak flooring and new furniture and soft furnishings. Three dart boards, a juke box and a snooker table will all be installed in the pub whilst outside they'll be a new beer garden and patio and further down the line a children's play area.

As part of the refurbishment HEINEKEN is installing the latest beer dispense technology, its HEINEKEN Smart Dispense system, which produces consistent superior quality beer and cider.
Tony and Michelle Greerson, who've run the pub for the last five years, felt they had built the business as far as they could without a major injection of funds. The pub is upping its game, improving its offer and creating more space so diners and drinkers can enjoy the best of both worlds without the experience of either being compromised

Michelle said of their plans: "Tony and I very are excited by the plans for The Reiver and are delighted to have the support of our customers. Our business has gone from strength to strength, but to grow it further we needed to attract families and offer the community what it wants, somewhere to meet, somewhere to eat and somewhere to have a good time."

"As we'll be offering pub food and snacks alongside coffee, teas and cakes we're extending our trading hours and will be open all day.
Says Chris Jowsey, trading director of Star Pubs & Bars: "Michelle and Tony have done a great job building their business over the last five years. We're delighted to be investing in The Reiver, and helping them to take their business to the next level and secure its long term future."

"HEINEKEN is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and has invested in pubs like The Reiver, which need ongoing investment to deliver excellent quality, attract customers and thrive at the heart of their communities for years to come."