Pub operator pulls a Punch with £1m investment in Scottish hotels

Fife village pub to benefit from major overhaul as part of the group’s continued investment in Scottish hotel estate 

National pub operator Punch is planning to plough a further £1 million into its Scottish hotels, including The Cedar Inn in Aberdour, following a record year of investment in the estate.
Further investment in planned refurbishments, which also include The Corriegarth Hotel in Inverness, will create around 25 new jobs.
The announcement comes as five of the operator’s concept hotels are recognised as finalists in this year’s Scottish Hotel Awards.


Recently invested sites including the Eagle Hotel, Dornoch; Clovenfords Hotel, Galashiels; The Crown Inn, Stornoway; The Portree on the Isle of Skye, and the Newburgh Inn in Aberdeenshire have all been recognised as 2017 regional winners and will now go through to the national finals to be held at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow on Sunday 23 April 2017.
Brian Davidson, Scottish operations director for Punch, said: “We’ve already invested around £2.5 million to transform our Scottish hotel estate and are proud of what we’ve achieved. The launch of new concepts, which focus on contemporary, warm interiors and Scottish hospitality, together with the refurbishment of hotel rooms and guest areas, has dramatically improved the calibre of our venues.
“As a result, we’ve been able to attract skilled and experienced entrepreneurs to develop these hotels and create strong reputations, locally and further afield, for providing an outstanding customer experience.”
The investments have also helped Punch’s hoteliers to attract and retain great people as part of their management teams. Two managers at the hotels: Marcus Hird, bar manager of the Crown Inn, and Craig Middlehurst, deputy manager of the Portree Hotel, have been recognised with People of Excellence awards.
Davidson added: “Now that we have an award-winning formula, we don’t want to lose momentum and plan to continue to roll this out across our Scottish hotel estate. We’re committed to investing and are confident that we can build on this solid foundation during 2017 to launch more award-winning sites.”
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