How Ei Publican Partnerships worked with Sue Franklin to transform The Horse and Jockey, Liverpool
Ei Publican Partnerships and an entrepreneurial local family have made a joint investment of £100,000 to upgrade the facilities at the Horse and Jockey in Liverpool for the local community to enjoy.
The significant renovations will include the introduction of a theatre pizza kitchen, whereby guests can watch their pizza masterfully prepared by hand and cooked while they enjoy a drink.
The front garden area will also undergo a significant refurbishment with the addition of an Indian stone paving area, adding an extra 400 covers in perfect time for summer.
Publican Sue Franklin, an ex-actor and singer, took over the pub in June 2016 and worked closely with her husband Adam and his brother David to transform the business by introducing a cutting edge food offer, which has gained local notoriety for its Sunday roast.
Sue said: "We had a very clear business plan for the pub, which we progressed with Ei Publican Partnerships. We both agreed that the pub has a very large catchment area and a quality food-led offer was what the local community needed.
"My husband has a strong food background and runs his own events catering company, so with the help of his brother and my son, who are both chefs, we have put together a robust menu of pub classics that the locals love.
"Our Sunday roasts have become so popular that David is now called the 'Roast Master General', for his 35-day aged prime rib of beef, goose fat roast potatoes, home-made Yorkshire puddings and gravy – which he makes from scratch, starting on a Wednesday!"
Ei Publican Partnerships regional manager Peter Cunningham added: "Sue is the perfect example of the exemplary publicans we have in our estate – she knows every customer personally and is the life and soul of the community.
"The food offer has been so well received they've had to develop special takeaway containers to deal with the demand. I expect the new pizza offer to be equally well accepted when the pub reopens."
Ahead of the reopening, the Franklins have developed the perfect Neapolitan pizza - creating a bespoke homemade sauce from San Marzano tomatoes. Wherever possible ingredients will be sourced locally, in addition to authentic produce shipped directly from Italy.
Sue added: "Ei Publican Partnerships has been very supportive throughout the process. The latest renovations will enhance our food offer with the introduction of a pizza oven and create some exciting outdoor spaces to be enjoyed in the summer. With the new space we'll be able to do hog-roasts and BBQs on hot summer days, we can't wait."
The pub officially re-opened on 24 March 2017.