Victory plan for Leith pub

Bar sets sail following pubco investment

The Lord Nelson has benefitted from a comprehensive refurbishment.
The Lord Nelson has benefitted from a comprehensive refurbishment.

AN Edinburgh pub has reopened following a £99,000 makeover from pub company Admiral Taverns.

The Lord Nelson on Leith’s Trafalgar Street was taken over by local licensee and experienced operator Scott Farquhar  in the summer, and his plan to restore the bar as a community hub was backed by the pubco.

As well as the interior refurbishment, the pub’s drinks offer has been revamped, with new gin and draught beer ranges introduced, and its entertainment programme stepped up to include regular quiz nights.

Farquhar said the pub has been “transformed” by the spend.

“Having run a number of pubs in the area over the course of my career I am passionate about the close-knit community that we have here in Leith,” he said.

“I want The Lord Nelson to not only be a great and thriving local pub, but a real hub where all ages can gather together and be guaranteed a great social experience, just a short walk from their doorstep.

“Through this significant investment with Admiral Taverns, we have transformed the pub and I’m looking forward  to welcoming back our regulars and hopefully some new faces.”

David Balmanno, business development manager at Admiral  Taverns, said: “At Admiral we are passionate about empowering our licensees to run their own pub business in their own way.

“Scott’s enthusiasm, creative approach and dedication is very inspiring and we have been delighted to have been able to support him to realise his vision.”

Last month, Tennent’s owner C&C Group bought a stake in Admiral Taverns, which has an estate of 845 pubs across the UK, including 15 outlets in Scotland.