Local pub becomes 'drinks first pub' following huge investment and refurb

The Highwood pub in Solihull is the second Nest Pub in the UK
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A pub in Solihull has become one of the first-ever Nest Pubs after a £285,000 investment by Greene King. Nest Pubs is a brand-new franchise concept and The Highwood is the second ever to open.

This means the pub will pride itself on being a drinks-first pub, providing great value, excellent customer experience, plus regular sport and entertainment. It will showcase all the major live sporting events on Sky Sports and TNT Sports, plus have regular live music, karaoke, and pub quizzes.

The Highwood will be run by Paul Shakespeare and Hayley Towner, where pizzas will be served for hungry pubgoers, with flavours and toppings including Chicken & BBQ, Salami, Hot and Spicy to Margherita.

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The pub will serve its own cask ale 'Avenue 56', as well as a range of other beers, including one of Greene King's latest craft beers, Hazy Day. It will also serve a range of other world, craft, and international beers including popular lagers.

As part of the £285,000 investment by Greene King, The Highwood has been transformed with new decorations, fixtures and fittings, a new bar, new seating, and more. The pub's signage and presentation have also been upgraded, as well as the beer garden so it can be used all year round, but especially enjoyed in the summer.

The pub has undergone new transformations from new seats to new dining areas
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Franchisees of The Highwood, Paul and Hayley, said: "We’re delighted to become franchisees of The Highwood and make this pub the beating heart of the community for generations to come.

"We cannot wait to welcome customers back to the new look pub, which has been significantly upgraded everywhere you look. From the garden to the bar and everything in between, the pub looks spectacular.

"Nest Pubs is all about having a great community pub experience and we and our team are passionate about delivering this. With the Euros, Father’s Day and so many other exciting dates in the calendar to come, we cannot wait to welcome you to the pub!"

Business Development Manager for Greene King Pub Partners, Asa Charlton, added: "I am delighted with our transformation of The Highwood. Our £285,000 investment has transformed the pub into something truly special. I cannot wait for regulars, locals, and other guests to visit the new and improved pub.

"As a Nest Pub, The Highwood will be all about great drinks, great service, and great experience. It will show all the live sport and will provide tasty pizzas as a food option for pub goers looking for a bite to eat."

For more information about The Highwood Pub, visit the website.

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