Bierkeller owners take on new Southport site


Albert Hotel, Southport

The owners of BurningNight Group, which operates the Bierkeller Entertainment Complexes, have acquired the latest site for their new brand, Authentic Alehouses.

They have taken over the freehold of The Albert Hotel in Southport, Merseyside, with plans to refurbish it into a pub specialising in good-quality “artisan food and drink, updated decor and a variety of entertainment”.

Authentic Alehouses’ first site, The Albert Hotel in West Park in Hull, was relaunched in November after a £1million refurbishment. The new venture, headed by Allan Harper, has so far raised over £4.7million via crowdfunding site Crowdstacker.

Allan, who is co-founder and CEO of BurningNight Group, said: “This is a great building and, as with all the sites we take on, we have a brilliant refurbishment planned.

“We are confident that this unit can become one of our flagship Authentic Alehouses sites. We have some exciting things in store and look forward to celebrating the opening with the people of Southport.”

The deal was brokered by Ian Taylor of leisure property specialist Fleurets who commented: “Situated directly opposite Southport railway station, the property consists of a large ground floor trading area and also includes a one-bed flat.”

Authentic Alehouses, which is targeting freehold pubs, has also acquired The Countess Of Rosse on the western edge of Saltaire Retail Parade, west of Bradford.

BurningNight Group operates six Bierkeller Entertainment Complexes in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham, which all house three bars under one roof: Bierkeller, Shooters and beer and cocktail bar Around the World.

BurningNight Group’s owners already have a site in Southport, revamping their former pub The Sandgrounder into The Potting Shed Bar & Gardens and Firepit Smokehouse & Sports Bar through their business Ormsborough Ltd.

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