NewRiver has contributed to a £40,000 facelift at The Devon Arms in Torquay.
The company, which owns 340 pubs across England and Wales, invested alongside new publicans Ed Kirk and Amanda Smith. They signed a five-year tenancy agreement in April, and have established a loyal following of regulars and holidaymakers.
The pub, which is close to the harbour, is set to reopen after four weeks’ work to redecorate it inside, lay new flooring, refurbish the ladies toilets, and redecorate the men’s. There are also new fixtures and fittings, signage, and menus.
“It’s our first pub, although Amanda has experience of running pubs, and it’s definitely hard work, but we went into this with our eyes open and knew it would be,” says Kirk, who, like Smith, used to work in elderly care management.
“We’re always happy to support dedicated, hard-working publicans like Ed and Amanda, who’ve done a superb job running The Devon Arms for the last eight months,” adds David Shipton, asset development director for NewRiver’s pub portfolio. “With one of our longer-term tenancy agreements in place, the refurbishment will help them take the pub to the next level, building on its already excellent reputation for top quality, reasonably-priced food, and lively entertainment.”