Popular Bristol pub reopens thanks to Heineken cash injection

A Hotwells pub which has been closed for around a year looks set to reopen thanks to a huge cash injection from Heineken. The Rose of Denmark, which is on Dowry Place, is one of around 600 pubs across the UK to receive investment to re-open and refurbish it.

Star Pubs, which is responsible for Heineken UK pubs, told Bristol Live that “building work is due to start on The Rose of Denmark in the first week of June”. The Rose of Denmark is no stranger to closures and reopenings, having previously reopened under new management in 2018.

It then closed a year later, reportedly “due to rising rents and rising barrel costs, which came as a shock to nearby residents who loved its cozy atmosphere and first-rate steak dinners.” Heineken UK will invest more than £1.16m in pubs in the West Country alone as part of the scheme, and will invest £39m in “upgrading and re-opening” pubs across its estate in the whole country. The plans are expected to create around 1,075 new jobs – 40 in the region amid the renovations.

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More information about the renovation of The Rose of Denmark will be forthcoming, Star Pubs said. Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs, said: “People are looking for maximum value from their pub visits.

“They want great surroundings and food and drink, as well as activities that give them an extra reason to go out, such as sports screenings and entertainment. Creating fantastic locals that can host a range of occasions meets this need and helps pubs fulfill their role as three vital spaces where communities can come together.

“Pubs have proven their enduring appeal; after all the turmoil of recent years, the Star is on track to have the lowest number of long-term pub closures since 2019. It is a tribute to the drive and entrepreneurship of licensees and the importance of continued investment. We have spent more than £200m maintaining and upgrading our pubs over the past five years and will continue to invest to keep them open and thriving.

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