Proper Pubs, the community wet-led operator division of Admiral Taverns, has this month (May 2023), invested over £1 million into upgrading its community pubs. The group, which has more than 170 pubs across England, Scotland and Wales, has invested the funds into four pubs in Middlesbrough, Harlow, Preston and Wigan.

An active investment programme is a core part of the group’s strategy ensuring pubs can evolve and thrive within their communities, offering customers an active social hub.

Mark Brooke, Director for Proper Pubs, said: “Our pubs sit at the heart of their local communities, bringing people together from all aspects of life, whilst supporting important local charities. We’re proud to continually invest into our estate to provide our operators with the resources they require to make their pubs the very best. The results from all four refurbishments look outstanding and I wish each of our operators every success for the future.”

Proper Pubs most recently opened both the Purple Emperor in Harlow after a £213,000 investment, and The Gamull, a community pub in Preston following a £350,000 investment on Friday 26th May. At the start of May, the Honeysuckle in Wigan reopened after £180,000 refurbishment, and the Miners Arms reopened on Thursday 18th May following another transformational £310,000 investment.

Proper Pubs looks to recruit community heroes and it encourages all its operators to support their communities through a regular schedule of events and charity fundraising initiatives, from Christmas selection box collections to local foodbank donations. This Easter, Proper Pubs collected over 12,200 Easter Eggs for local charities and recently installed its 85th defibrillator across its estate. The defibrillators are positioned outside the pubs for medical emergencies and have already resulted in three-life changing results.