Robinsons invests in three South Cheshire pubs

Family-run Robinsons Brewery has announced investments at three popular local Congleton pubs, enhancing the quality of the pubs and creating new jobs in the area.

The recently reopened Church House, Buglawton, the Waggon and Horses, Eaton and the recently acquired Swettenham Arms will all benefit from substantial investments, demonstrating Robinsons’ commitment to developing their growing pub estate.

The Church House benefited from a major refurbishment and has just opened on 9 June. The pub has received a sympathetic investment which respects its 1930’s Arts and Crafts style. The alterations include a new bar, and an extension to the rear which includes a larger kitchen area to cater for the increase in dining covers.

The investment has improved the building’s original features, such as the oak wall panelling and inglenook fire place. Externally, enlargement of the beer garden, landscaping and signage have further enhanced the pubs already delightful look.

The Waggon and Horses will close in July for a 5-month refurbishment, benefitting from a large extension to link the bar area around to the extensive beer garden, with a new entrance to the side. The investment includes a full renovation of the letting bedrooms, and the creation of a new kitchen to the rear of the pub.

Also extending its kitchen with refurbishments to the trade area is The Swettenham Arms, a delightful 16th century inn. The Swettenham Arms - a grade 2 listed building - was acquired by Robinsons in August of last year to expand their managed pub estate. The work will begin in January 2023 and continue for eight weeks.

William Robinson, Managing Director of Robinsons Brewery (Pub Division), said, “Last year, we invested significant amount of capital expenditure across our pub estate. We are continuing our developments into this year and planning for 2023.

'Our focus for Congleton in particular centres around developing food opportunities, creating additional jobs and restoring these landmark local pubs.

'We were proud finalists for Best Brewing Pub Company at the 2022 Publican Awards in recognising our efforts during the pandemic and our commitment to investing in our pubs.”