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rewer Heineken will spend £5.6m upgrading pubs in London and the Family Counties as part of a larger £42m UK cash round.

The cash will go to the Heineken’s Star Pubs & Barrs property. The investment will create 700 new jobs during the year and will focus on providing quality food and drink, as well as creating and upgrading the outdoor pub spaces that have become a key attraction since since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic when the UK “learned to live with Covid”.

Lawson Mountstevens, chief executive officer of Star Pubs & Bars, said: “People have been closer to home in the past two years due to the pandemic and are returning to their locality for an experience they didn’t before. Go to the city center, restaurant or bar to find.

“Outdoor facilities also remain important for those who are still cautious about going outside as the UK learns to live with Covid.”

The investment will include kitchen remodels and new bars and will expand outdoor seating areas, making pubs more “sustainable,” according to Heineken. Lighting, artwork, fireplaces and enclosures will be added throughout the property.

Heineken’s latest investment follows from £4.8m for London and surrounding areas in 2021. One pub to benefit is The Cambria in Camberwell, London, which has just reopened after a lift. grant £600,000.

Investment Minister Gerry Grimstone said: “After two years of economic disruption, it is great to see Heineken supporting local jobs, boosting our economy while upgrading the UK.

“The company’s £42 million investment is a true testament to the resilience, innovation and attractiveness of the UK food and beverage industry.”

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