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Star pub back in business after 150,000 makeover


By Paul Winspear


The Star in Bridge Street before its 150,000 makeover Pic: Vikki Lince
The Star in Bridge Street before its 150,000 makeover Pic: Vikki Lince

The Star pub in Bishops Stortford town centre reopens on Friday evening (Nov 16) with a new look and twice the number of employees after a 150,000 investment.

The refurbishment by owner Stonegate Pub Company in the Bridge Street inn has resulted in the creation of six new jobs, taking the total number of staff to 12.

The pub has been fitted out with a refurbished bar area and new furniture. The beer garden has a new layout and a covered pagoda.

The bar line-up boasts six craft ales, its own local ale from Bishops Nic, Brentwoods and 80 varieties of gin.

A range of food and drink offers is designed to attract customers through the week: two-for-one burgers on Tuesdays to accompany the weekly quiz night, £3 ‘Sticky Wing Wednesdays’, two-for-one pie nights on Thursdays and ‘Gin Fridays’ to finish off the working week.

General manager Samantha Cobell and her team are celebrating the new look on Friday by welcoming the first 100 customers from 5pm with a free glass of fizz or craft, alongside canapés and menu tasters to showcase the pub’s range of food. Lilley’s cider tastings will also be available at the opening with a DJ from 9pm.

Samantha said: “We are incredibly excited to relaunch our pub to the people of Bishop’s Stortford. The new interior, our great range of drinks and the well-priced food are sure to make us a real destination venue. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back in!”

The Star is open 11am to midnight Mondays to Thursdays, 11am-2am Fridays and Saturdays, and 12pm-11pm Sundays.

With 724 pubs, the award-winning Stonegate Pub Company is the largest privately-held managed pub operator in the UK, with revenues of more than £700m and employing over 13,500 people.



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