Works begins at The Britannia, Tewkesbury

Works begins at The Britannia, Tewkesbury

The Britannia on the high street in Tewkesbury has closed for a major £183k investment by Star Pubs & Bars, HEINEKEN’s pub business1, and new licensees David Kirtland and David Booth.  The investment will transform the tired pub into a great local offering traditional home-cooked pub food, quality cask ales and live entertainment.

The pub will be closed for four weeks and will create up to 10 new jobs.  It will serve breakfast from 9am, traditional pub food as well as fresh coffee and all-day snacks.  A gin and cocktail menu are being introduced as well as pub quizzes and live music. It will be a welcoming and comfortable High Street pub for everyone to enjoy.

Funds are being spent on a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the Britannia. 

The overall traditional pub character and features such as wooden floors and exposed beams are being retained with the interior made lighter, more spacious and inviting.  The original fireplace is being restored and recommissioned and the bar shortened to remove bottlenecks, making it easier to move from one end of the pub to the other.   More comfortable banquette seating  and free-standing furniture are also being installed.

Outside, The Britannia will benefit from a complete redecoration in black and cream including new signage and lighting as well as new outdoor patio furniture for alfresco drinking and dining just a short walk from the River Avon.

David Kirtland and David Booth both live in Tewkesbury and know the pub well.   David Kirtland has been manager of Brewer’s Fayre in the town for the last 10 years and David Booth, who was born and bred in Tewkesbury, has been a financial controller for a local food supply company in Evesham.

David Kirtland said: “The Britannia is the forgotten pub of Tewkesbury.  Everyone knows it and walks past it.  It needed somebody to take it on that really cares about it.  It hasn’t changed in 50 years so the refurbishment by Star will make a massive difference. 

David Booth said “David and I intend to create a friendly, great quality local pub in the town centre.  We want to give people more of a reason to stay in Tewkesbury rather than go to Cheltenham and so will be introducing cocktails, a gin menu, live music and comedy nights.  My mum worked at The Britannia years ago, and at one time it was bursting at the seams.  It’s time it was great again.”

Tim Galligan, operations director for Star Pubs & Bars said: “It’s good news for the community that David and David are taking on The Britannia. They’ve got great experience, know the local market and are creating a unique pub in the heart of Tewkesbury.  The investment will improve the appearance, comfort and facilities and add to the town centre’s regeneration, encouraging more people to spend their leisure time in Tewkesbury.

 “HEINEKEN is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and is investing £20 million this year in pubs like The Britannia to help them deliver excellent quality, attract customers and thrive in their communities for years to come.”