Former Greene King managed pub becomes Hive Pub after £500,000 transformation 


Former Greene King managed pub The Ainsty in York has reopened as a Hive Pub after a £500,000 transformation by pub owner Greene King.

As part of its transformation, the pub has been overhauled both inside and out – expanding and upgrading its space and facilities for local pub goers.

Inside, the pub has all new furniture and fittings, including new seating, benches, lighting, interior design and a new bar.

Outside, the garden at the pub has also been transformed with beautiful outdoor garden furniture and enhanced landscaping to make the most of the pub’s beer garden.

The pub will be operated by franchisees Simon and Avan Brind, who are husband and wife and both have over 20 years’ experience each in the hospitality sector and pubs. Both also live locally in the area and know a lot of the community who will use The Ainsty.  

As a Hive Pub, The Ainsty will provide everything a pub goer could want from their local under one roof. This includes a great range of beers and other drinks, an extensive range of food and a regular programme of live entertainment plus Sky Sports and BT Sport subscriptions to show all major sporting events.

The beer on offer at the pub ranges from standard and premium lagers, to ciders, stouts and ales – plus a number of craft beers for those looking for something extra special. The pub also serves a range of spirits, wines, soft drinks and alcohol-free options.  

The food offer at the pub will include traditional pub classics such as Fish & Chips, Burgers and Pies, as well as sharers and tapas style plates. The pub will have regular offers on including a 2-4-1 Burger Night, Steak and Wine Night, plus Pizza’s and more. 

Aimed at those with experience of running a pub, the Hive Pubs franchise agreement gives licensees a ready to trade pub within a proven branded concept for just £5,000 ingoing cost. Franchisees get a minimum guaranteed income of £20,000 which is paid weekly. They also get a percentage of food and drink sales. In addition, they get a share of the profits in their pub and can earn a bonus on top of this.

Hive Pubs recently won “Best New Concept” at the Foodservice Equipment Journal 2022 Awards and Greene King was recently accredited for its franchise pub offer by the British Franchise Association. 

Simon and Avan Brind, Franchisees of The Ainsty, said: 

“We cannot wait to welcome everyone into the all-new Ainsty!

“Greene King’s investment in The Ainsty to transform it into a Hive Pub has been exceptional and, quite frankly, the pub is looking spectacular.

“In line with the Hive Pubs franchise concept, we will be a community first pub offering great entertainment, food and drinks.”

Dan Robinson, Managing Director of Greene King Pub Partners, said:

“We know The Ainsty is special to the local community, so as a Hive Pub we have put significant investment in the site to give it a new lease of live. Combined with the passion and drive of Simon and Avan as franchisees the pub is in great hands!”

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