A Bridgwater pub has been given a new lease of life from local resident Louise Williams, who has taken over the venue and secured a £60,000 refurbishment from the UK’s leading community pub group, Admiral Taverns.
Although the White Hart pub has long been considered the hub of the community, dwindling customer numbers left it on the brink of closure.
However, Admiral Taverns has been so impressed with Louise’s impact since she took over the pub – and her dedication and determination to make the business a success – that the company has signed off extensive renovations work.
“I couldn’t imagine seeing the pub close,” explained Louise, “so when the opportunity came along to take it over I couldn’t turn it down.
“We have started renovating the hotel and bar, and I am really excited about bringing back food and eventually live music as well. I really want this to be the local pub where everyone comes to have a drink with their family and friends.”
The building works will pave the way for a new kitchen and having worked with Admiral Taverns previously, Louise knew that the takeover of the pub would be seamless. “I started in the industry 18 years ago as a waitress and had previously worked at the pub so the fit was perfect,” said Louise. “Since I came in to the pub Admiral has provided constant support and offered lots of training and guidance. They have been fantastic to work with and have made the refurbishment possible.”
Admiral Taverns Business Development Manager Edwin Pope commented: “We pride ourselves on the support we offer, but what really makes our business fly are great licensees like Louise.
“The pub had really been struggling so we needed someone with a real passion and determination to come in and turn things around. We have so much confidence in Louise – she has fantastic standards, is very hard working, engaged and has such a thirst to learn so we know that she will truly make a difference to not just the pub, but the community as well.”
In addition to the kitchen build, phase one of the refurbishment, which will be finished later in the spring, includes a complete re-decoration, along with much more. Phase two renovations will begin in early September, though the pub will remain open throughout.
Louise also plans to hold a grand re-launch party towards the end of the year to celebrate with the local community and welcome them back to the pub.