Papa John’s has launched a new pub franchise model which sees it enter pub kitchens for the first time.

The pizza brand has launched its first pub franchise at The Saracen’s Head in Weston, Staffordshire

Customers of the pub will be able to order pizza for consumption in the beer garden or for takeaway and delivery.

Papa John’s said it was looking for further pub opportunities to expand the model.

Justin Gilbert, director of business development at Papa John’s UK, said the brand could help “drive profitable growth” as pubs reopen.

“By flexing our franchise offering we can provide the global support and marketing of our brand to suitable pubs to help them drive traffic and differentiate from the competition,” he said.

“They can now reap the rewards of our high-quality ingredients, processes and products with a low cost of entry to benefit their existing eat-in dining market.

“If there is no existing franchisee in a pub’s trade zone, there is also the opportunity to deliver to the local community opening up a new year-round revenue stream. Our team is dedicated to ensuring we can offer our pizza in more locations, so our valued customers can enjoy Papa John’s where and when they choose.”

Papa John’s said welcomed applications from other suitable venues looking to add new dining options.