Punch Taverns has invested more than £2m into its pubs across Lancashire over the past six months to refresh menus and enhance the use of local produce.

The money is part of Punch’s ongoing investment strategy with £40m due to be spent on the estate in the coming year.

The Study Room in Lancaster received the largest investment of £450k to transform the Nags Head into the student-friendly concept designed by Mick Horan, who intends to roll out a further three Study Rooms in the next year.  

The Study Rooms serves locally sourced food to support local suppliers.

“We are continuing to invest in our estate and are planning to spend approximately £40 million over the next year nationwide, with a £200,000 refurbishment at the Green Man in Inglewhite which is due to reopen early June,” said Stephen Allen, head of investment at Punch.

The Old Oak in Houghton has had £200,000 spent on it by Punch and AC Investments to create a “homely” feel and a new menu of locally sourced food including build your own burgers. The changes have been made to instil a sense of community back into the pub.

We believe that pubs are the hub of the community and by investing in our pubs it can create stronger business links with our partners, as well as the local community as pubs source staff and produce locally.  From our investments alone, this has led to hundreds of new jobs created for people within the local areas,” Allen said.

Other pubs to receive investment include the Brook Tavern in Preston, Cardwell Arms in Adlington (Chorley), Bull & Dog in Burscough (Ormskirk) the Beaumont in Bolton and the Woodsman in Leyland.