Community pub spirit is alive and well in Dunfermline and beyond thanks to £3 million refurbishment programme
Pub operator Punch Taverns has completed five investments across the central belt as part of its overall commitment to invest £3 million in Scotland.
The group has focuses on supporting community locals, including those in Dunfermline, Grangemouth, Motherwell, Cambuslang, and Kilbarchan – and has created more than 30 new jobs in the process.
It says all five are important community assets and have been refurbished sympathetically, with The Yeoman Dunfermline receiving a £268,000 overhaul, and the Electric Bar, Motherwell; Kirkhill Bar, Cambuslang; The Dundas, Grangemouth, and Habbies Bar & Grill in Kilbarchan benefiting from refurbishments of £145k, £120k, £180k, and £260k respectively.
Operations director Brian Davidson said: “We recognise how important pubs are to the fabric of society and are committed to keeping our locals alive. This much needed investment across the central belt has ensured that vital community assets will be preserved for the future. It has also created jobs and given the regional economy a much needed boost.
“All our pubs and bars are unique and we’ve worked closely with our publicans to make sure that refurbishments preserve their best features whilst providing additional facilities – from a new sports offering to home cooked pub food and entertainment – for local communities. We want our pubs to be at the heart of the villages and towns they serve and hope that this investment will preserve them for future generations.”
Liam Baxter, manager at The Dundas, said: “The Dundas has always had loads of potential and this investment has transformed it in to a smart, stylish and welcoming pub that people can be proud of.”
Punch is currently looking for publicans and hoteliers to run refurbished sites across Scotland. The company provides a comprehensive support package for entrepreneurs who want to run their own business, from training and marketing support to menu development and finance.