North east operators take on third site
The new site joins The City in Durham centre and The Green in Billy Row Crook.
North east operators Craig and Stacey Wright have added a third pub to their portfolio with The Big Jug on Claypath in Durham.
The new site joins their other two, The City in Durham centre and The Green in Billy Row Crook, a freehold site 20 minutes west of the city.
The Wrights are now undertaking a £400,000 upgrade of The Big Jug with landlord Star Pubs & Bars. The pub will reopen mid-March in time for Easter.
"There aren’t many places in Durham that host regular live music," says Craig. "Our other pub, The City, is one of the few other places. As well as giving customers a reason to come out, it’s important that pubs continue to nurture grass roots music.
"We are fortunate that Durham attracts people from all over the world – students and tourists. The pubs we run have broad appeal, with something for everyone. They have loyalty schemes for regulars and discounts for students. Our existing pubs are performing really well - the village pub sells around 600 covers a week and The City sold 77,000 pints in 2023."
Big Jug, big plans
Plans for The Big Jug include creating a quality local that hinges around live music. Different acts, such as bands and an open mic night, will be on two to four times a week. The pub will also show live sports daily and offer grab-and-go style food such as pizzas, paninis and sharing boards.
"Craig and Stacey are experienced and successful pub operators with a detailed knowledge of the Durham market," says Star Pubs & Bars business development manager Lance Green. "They have has turned around their other two pubs and will do the same with The Big Jug. We’re delighted to be investing with Craig and Stacey. The Big Jug needed the right people to take it on, which it now has. I wish Craig and Stacey success with their latest venture."