Strong start for refurbished Welwyn Garden City pub

PUBLISHED: 14:40 12 February 2014 | UPDATED: 14:40 12 February 2014

Bill Menzies & manager Angie Coffey

Bill Menzies & manager Angie Coffey

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Sales have exploded at a Welwyn Garden City pub after it re-opened with a major facelift and under new management.

Angie Coffee and her partner Bill Menzies, owner of the City Sounds town centre music shop, opened The Grove, in Hall Grove – formerly The Ludwick Arms – on January 22.

Forty-eight-year-old manager Angie told the WHT: “The overall trade has grown three-fold, but the food sales are 10 times what they were before.

“The money has been brilliant.”

After leaving The Doctor’s Tonic in Church Road in June 2012, Angie and Bill ran The Dolphin in Melbourn near Royston, but they started in The Grove, overseeing builders and recruiting staff, on January 3.

Suffolk brewery Greene King, which has owned the pub for 15 years, has spent £175,000, converting the two bars and conservatory into a unified dining and drinking area, with separate “zones” for sports fans and children.

Angie continued: “It was quite run down before.

“There was no way I would have taken it on without a refurb.

“We have both Sky Sports and BT Vision.

“We had quite a few people in for the first Wales game in the Six Nations [rugby championship], but I am sure we will get more for the England games. We are really looking forward to the [football] World Cup.”

Bill, in charge of the beer and “any heavy lifting” is one of Angie’s four full-time staff, but the pub employs a further 10 part-timers.


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