A popular Leeds pub is set to undergo a major refurbishment after it was bought by North East and Yorkshire independent pub company Wear Inns.
Leisure property specialists Fleurets has recently completed the sale of the Whistlestop, located in the suburban centre of Beeston, approximately 2 miles south west of the city centre and within walking distance of Leeds United’s ground, Elland Road.
The Whistlestop adds to Wear Inn’s existing collection of 26 pubs, all in the North East and Yorkshire.
John Weir, managing director of Wear Inns, said: “We are delighted to own this pub which is very much part of the local community. We are planning to spend over £150,000 installing a new kitchen to allow us to serve a wider range of food, as well as refurbishing the pub’s interior and making a feature of the outside patio area.
“Being so close to Elland Road and popular with Leeds fans, we will be concentrating heavily on sport with extra TVs and viewing facilities.
Our mantra is to provide great value, all day, every day and we look forward to welcoming regular and new customers to the Whistlestop.”
Wear Inns has appointed experienced community pub manager Sharon Swift, who is from Leeds, to run the Whistlestop and is introducing a range of new products including Staropramen, Bierra Moretti and the Strongbow dark fruits range.
The premises is a two storey detached brick construction and possesses an open plan bar, lounge and pool room as well as a 3 bedroomed manager’s living space.
Simon Hall from Fleurets said: “I have no doubt that the high standards of operation that Wear Inns have will be a real benefit to this already busy local.”
Wear Inns recently made the Investec Mid Market 100 list, ranking the fastest growing companies in the UK with a turnover of over £13.5 million, for the second time.
It follows the London Stock Exchange highlighting the company in its report, 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, celebrating the country’s most dynamic and fastest-growing small and medium sized businesses.
Wear Inns, which has its headquarters in the old offices of the Castle Eden Brewery in County Durham, is the biggest independent freehold managed operator in the region in terms of volume of beer sold.
Since Weir and the company’s chairman John Sands formed Wear Inns in 2006, the workforce has grown from 105 to 265.