Local pubs ‘are community hubs’

Local pubs community hubs

A revamped Wembley pub, which had benefited from a £400,000 investment, celebrated its grand unveiling with local politicians last week.

The Arch, formerly The Greyhound, on Harrow Road was supported by Heineken UK to help create a new community pub, restaurant and hotel.

Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central, and Brent Council leader Muhammed Butt attended the opening, where the praised the establishment of a new business in the area. Ms Butler was optimistic about the pub’s chances of being a success and even learnt how to pour the perfect pint.

“I’d like to welcome this new and up and coming business to Brent,” she said. “I’ve had an amazing tour around the premises and I am impressed with the work they’ve done to transform it. It has been decorated to a high spec.

“I hope that the business continues to go from strength to strength and that this will become a thriving community restaurant, pub and hotel providing local jobs and opportunities.”

Mario Creatura, Public Affairs Manager at Heineken, believes pubs have an important role in Britain’s cultural make-up and wants his company to help preserve this tradition.

“We believe that investment is the key to ensuring a sustainable future for the Great British pub, that’s why we’ve invested nearly £400,000 in The Greyhound,” he said.

“This investment in Wembley is part of a wider programme across the UK. There’s a general perception that pubs are dying, but this is a great example of how good management can turn a failing pub in to the hub of the local community.”

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