Hall & Woodhouse, the leading Dorset brewer with an established pub estate across the south, has invested over £30millon into Dorset in the last five years. The investment includes building a new Brewery in Blandford and major refurbishments of a number of pubs spread across the county.
The redevelopment of the Brewery site in Blandford included a new Brewery, bottling hall, warehouses, offices and Brewery Tap, shop and visitor centre. Anthony Woodhouse, Managing Director of Hall & Woodhouse, explained: “We build a new Brewery every 100 years or so, and it is great to secure the future of brewing in Blandford for another 100 years. Our new offices are fit for the 21st century and are an important part of our ‘Great Place to Work ‘strategy. On the site as a whole we employ over 200 team members across a wide range of roles. Our Brewery Tap, shop, visitor centre and conference hall celebrate our 241-years of heritage whilst providing a wonderful public facility.”
In addition, as part of an ongoing programme of re-investment in its estate, Hall & Woodhouse has refurbished 20 of its pubs across the county to enhance the communities where they trade. Many pubs have had new features introduced and the interiors of the establishments have been updated.
Examples of Hall & Woodhouse’s pubs that have been given a makeover include the Crown Hotel, a Georgian coaching inn, located in the heart of Blandford Forum. It has undergone a vast transformation including a new bar, informal pantry and formal dining areas, as well as a full refurbishment of the hotel’s bedrooms to offer guests maximum comfort during their stay.
The Olive Branch in Wimborne is another pub which has been supported by the investment. The pantry is furnished with long tables and benches giving a more relaxed dining style. Additionally, the dining room is now built around the open kitchen creating a more formal dining experience. The bar area makes the perfect setting for meeting with family and friends for a drink in the ‘Beer Cave’, with its curved ceiling partly made using the company’s Badger Beer bottles.
Anthony Woodhouse said: “We are immensely proud of our 241-year Dorset heritage, and this significant investment over the past five years demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our heartland. In return for the support given to us by the generations of Dorset residents who have been our loyal guests since 1777, we felt strongly about re-investing back into the community.
“Our pubs are regarded as the centre of the community by many and often bring people together to meet friends for drinks, have dinner with family, or celebrate a special occasion. We are honoured that our pubs are seen as an extension of the home, and are chosen as the venue for these special events, due to the warm and friendly atmospheres that we create. We are glad that our guests want to return time and time again to our pubs, so it is vital for us to continue to offer them a high standard of hospitality when they come to visit.”
A large investment has also been made in the Duchess of Cornwall Inn, Poundbury. It opened in 2016 and is the only Hall & Woodhouse pub of its kind in Dorset, with three floors of stunning bedrooms, a bar and pantry for casual dining, as well as a dining room located on the second floor. The Duchess has striking interior features including a sweeping staircase, high ceilings and an entrance door made from an original copper brewing vessel.
Other pubs that have been updated through this programme of re-investment include Lulworth Cove Inn, The Smugglers Inn at Osmington, The Fox Inn at Ansty, The Old Granary in Wareham and The Grasshopper in Poole.
Hall & Woodhouse is a local independent family company that leads the UK market in brewing and hospitality. The company has a collection of around 200 beautiful pubs, stretching from Bristol to Exeter, London to Brighton. Please visit www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk for more information.