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Heineken is investing £39 million in more than 600 of its pubs across the UK – bringing 62 back from the dead.

The Dutch Brewer said the cash injection into its Star Pubs operation would create more than 1,000 jobs.

Star Pubs says 612 pubs are set to benefit, with the renovations focused on “transforming outdated suburban pubs into premium venues” as people commute less to city centers.

This includes “subtle zoning” to accommodate various customer activities such as sporting events and dining.

Two pubs in Essex have already reopened after work cost a total of £424,000, and another in Bromsgrove, near Birmingham, is due to reopen later this month.

Some of the pubs are set to reopen this year

The cherry tree in Witham, Essex

The Crown & Anchor, Aveley, Essex

The Wildmoor Oak in Wildmoor near Bromsgrove

The Black Bull in Ecclesfield, Sheffield

The Hesketh Tavern in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport

The junction in Wombwell, South Yorkshire

The Manvers Arms in Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire

The Punch Bowl in West Hallam, Derbyshire

The Rose of Denmark, Bristol

Roxy’s Steak & Tap in Twickenham, south west London

The Talbot in Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire

The Winterton Arms in Chiddingfold, Surrey

“People expect the maximum benefit from visits to their pub,” said Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs.

“They want great surroundings, food and drink, and activities that give them an extra reason to go out, such as sports displays and entertainment.”

“Creating fantastic venues suitable for a variety of occasions meets this need and helps pubs fulfill their role as important third spaces where communities can come together.”

Some renovations also include overhauling the cellars with new dispensing equipment and measures to improve energy efficiency, such as heating controls, Star said.

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It complements similar plans in recent years and will represent more than £200m of investment since 2019.

Mr Mountstevens added: “Pubs have proven their continued appeal, after all the disruption of recent years Star is on track to record the lowest number of closed pubs since 2019.”

“It is a tribute to the drive and entrepreneurial spirit of the licensees and the importance of continued investment.”

“Well-invested pubs run by great licensees are here to stay, but like all local people they need government support to reduce the huge tax burden they bear.”

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According to the British Beer and Pub Association, pubs have suffered as both the cost of living and the cost of doing business forced the closure of 450 venues last year, despite government support warns another 2,000 are at risk.

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