The Saracen’s Head has now reopened after a major refurbishment which has included restoring the basement as a bar. The design is very informal with a touch of pop art and has created relaxing areas to enjoy the selection of craft and world beers, local artisan ales and an amazing selection of ‘small batch’ botanical gins. The menu includes a variety of pub classics with a modern twist including a pizzeria kitchen.
Pub manager, Carl Farmer commented: “I am delighted with the new look and we are really proud of our new pizzas which are sourced from Luciano, an Italian artisan pizza dough producer. The handcrafted dough is simply the best – we use great 00 flour wheat germ, semolina, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt”
The new basement bar has been reopened after many years and is now known as ‘The Cellar’ which will host occasional live accoustic and jazz sets as well as being available for private parties.
Peter Furness-Smith, Managing Director of McMullen commented: “The investment in the Saracen’s Head follows on from the recent refurbishment of the nearby Victoria which means McMullen will have invested over £3.5m into Ware once the new pub and family golf centre opens at Chadwell Springs next year. We are excited to be making these investments into our pub estate generally and into Ware in particular as it is important that we keep refreshing and upgrading our pubs not only to make them more relevant to our existing guest’s but also to appeal to new ones.”
Heydon Mizon, Retail Director of McMullen commented: “As part of this investment we have also been able to offer over 10 new positions within the team at the Saracen’s Head. We are really pleased with how the training has been received and hope to continue the McMullen tradition of developing future Managers from within this excellent team of enthusiastic self motivated people”.
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Hertford based family brewer, McMullen, has partnered with local resident Lisa Graves, to take over the running of The Greyhound pub in Bengeo, located on the Northwest edge of Hertford. The new face of the pub will see the introduction of a café, initially two mornings a week, and a revitalised food offering, while still maintaining the feel of a traditional community pub.
The Greyhound is celebrating its new feel with a celebration evening on Saturday 04 April, welcoming both existing and new regulars to meet the new team and experience the refreshed offering at the pub. Local musical favourites, The Goldbacks, will be bringing their unique fusion of blues, jazz, soul and rock ‘n’ roll classics to the evening whilst guests enjoy tasters from the new food offering.
Lisa Graves, landlady of The Greyhound commented: “It has been an ambition for some time to take the reins of a local pub and when the opportunity arose to take on The Greyhound it was, for me, the obvious choice. We are looking to once again become the spirit and heart of the Bengeo community, welcoming everybody through our doors, from the great regulars, to the dog walkers, to anyone who may want to pop in for a coffee and a slice of cake on a weekday morning.”
Lisa continued: “My partner, Ray, and I have always had a passion for pubs. When we saw The Greyhound we knew it was an opportunity not to be missed and one where I could use my marketing background to promote this historical pub. We were amazed to find out that The Greyhound is, reputedly, the first pub in the McMullen estate, purchased by Peter McMullen on Boxing Day 1836. Everyone at McMullens’ has been amazingly supportive in helping Ray and I imprint our personality on the pub and make it feel like a real home, not just for ourselves and our family, but for the Bengeo people too.”
Gavin Mansfield, McMullens’ Tenancy Operations Manager commented: “Lisa and Ray have made The Greyhound feel like a proper community pub once again and we know that they will go on to make it a great success in the local area. With their work backgrounds, Lisa and Ray have all it takes to make the venue a place to go for not just the everyday drinker, but the whole family too.”
Baroosh Cambridge has relaunched its private hire room in an event spanning two nights, following the major refurbishment that has returned the cinematic heritage to the room at the old cinema building. The room, renamed “The Intermission”, was the star of prestigious events attended by local guests, businesses and journalists who were able to enjoy the new surroundings with champagne and canapés.
The space has a capacity for seventy-five guests standing, or forty seated, and can be concealed from the main bar area behind ‘magic glass’ that hides the room from sight with the flick of a switch. Inside the room there are multiple seating areas, including a circular booth with chandelier lighting and a soft seating area to provide a diverse atmosphere.
To recreate the retro cinema feel, silent movies can be projected onto the walls alongside the movie star artwork and décor under new mood lighting. The private roof terrace adds to the exclusivity as the perfect extension to any event and is available to guests for private parties, conferences, meetings or even film screenings.
Lara Burns, Area Manager of Baroosh Cambridge, commented: “We had two fantastic evenings with everyone in the local area, both regular guests and new visitors coming down to enjoy the exciting look of The Intermission, washed down with a glass of bubbly. The new look and feel of the room received so much positive feedback from the attendees and we are sure they will all be back to use the room for their functions again soon.”
Hertford based family brewer, McMullen, has completed a major refurbishment of local pub The Rising Sun near Hitchin after investing £100,000 in the site, leading to a 25 per cent increase in footfall since it was re-opened.
The substantial refurbishment has introduced a conservatory extension to the side of the building, drastically increasing the amount of covers. The interior of the pub, which was acquired by McMullen in 1904, has also had a considerable internal facelift and the toilets have been improved significantly. The beamed ceiling and brasses have been exposed to restore the old world charm of the pub.
Following the three month long refurbishment landlords, Natalie and Nigel Brown had a fantastic launch party to show off the new look to their locals, which was well received by all.
Gavin Mansfield, McMullens’ Tenancy Operations Manager commented: “It is amazing to see the pub performing so well so soon after the refurbishment. The investment is part of our ongoing commitment to our tenants to improved retail competitiveness, ensuring both parties have a long term sustainable earnings and making sure the drive and ambition of our outstanding landlords are reflected in the pubs.