Star Pubs prepares for reopening

PUB company Star Pubs & Bars has announced a number of measures for its Scottish lessees as the trade gears up for reopening.

The Heineken-owned company has said it will be distributing a range of promotional materials and advice to its 240 Scottish pubs which includes detailed guidance on health and safety, a risk assessment template and safety point of sale materials.

Star has also developed a menu of 22 dishes in conjunction with wholesaler Brakes, with the dishes designed to be prepared by a single staff member in order to maintain social distancing in kitchens.

And the company said that its business development managers have been trained on “how to deliver safe, successful pub openings so they can provide tailored consultations for licensees”.

Star Pubs & Bars’ managing director, Lawson Mountstevens, said: “This is a critical time for licensees. In this period of uncertainty, we want to make it as easy as possible for our licensees to reopen, so we’ve taken a holistic approach that covers the whole of their business. Licensees will have one chance to make an impact when they open their doors again. This package will help them get it right and generate customer loyalty that should benefit their pubs for years to come.

“Licensees have risen to the challenge during lockdown. Many have taken the opportunity to review and improve their offers and have supported their communities through this crisis, highlighting the valuable role pubs play in society. These are strong foundations which our support aims to build on.”