The Wheatsheaf

The Challenge

Maria runs a successful community pub and live music venue in Wiltshire. When Red Oak Taverns acquired the pub as part of it’s original portfolio purchase, the pub was in poor condition having not been maintained for a number of years. Maria occupied the site under a short term tenancy agreement. A further complication with the site was the proximity to a local residential school where the house master’s living quarters were adjacent to the party wall being shared with the pub. A number of noise complaints had been made by the school which severely restricted the use of the large function room.

The Solution

Red Oak Taverns engaged with the school, the EHO, the licensing officer and our Tenant Partner and employed the services of an acoustic consultant to ‘sound test’ various sound levels on both sides of the party wall. Armed with the analysis, we then undertook a substantial external and internal refurbishment which included, importantly, a significant amount of sound proofing works to both the bar area and the function room and a reconfiguration of the function room aspect. The trading areas have also been suitably themed with musical memorabilia bric-a-brac. Live music events can once again be held regularly, lifting beer sales by over 50% post refurbishment and much improving the Tenant Partner’s profitability. As part of this arrangement, Maria has signed a new, substantive lease with the company.

Maria’s comments

Being a landlady is a hard but rewarding job and it helps that the Red Oak management team are approachable, whilst always respecting that the Wheatsheaf Inn is my business and leaving me to run the business hassle free. That said, if I require help or assistance, I know that I have the support I need.

Red Oak Taverns have proved themselves to be professional, approachable landlords and, with their help, my business has moved forward.

Maria Shurmer

Tenant Partner, The Wheatsheaf

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