Midlands & East Anglia

Fit for a prince

The Prince George of Cambridge

The Prince George of Cambridge is a new public house from independent Hertfordshire pub operator and brewer, McMullen & Sons.

The pub, which is due to open in January 2014, not only brings customers McMullen’s mouth watering Chicken & Grill concept but is also named after the latest edition to the throne, Prince George!

Commenting on the new pub – the 8th Chicken & Grill venue for the McMullen’s – Managing Director, Peter Furness-Smith, said:

“Pubs have a long standing tradition of being named after a person that has left their mark on the public consciousness, thereby helping to remind the nation, over the generations, of their place in our history. We are delighted to be able to name our new pub in Tattenhoe, Milton Keynes in honour of the royal baby – a first we believe!

“We celebrated the Royal Wedding with the naming of The Duchess of Cambridge in Windsor and proudly continue the tradition by naming this new pub The Prince George of Cambridge.”

McMullen’s Chicken & Grill concept has proved very successful with the brewer’s previous seven sites, so far averaging some 1200 customers per week. The concept is simple, yet offers great value, utilising a rotisserie oven but serving traditional pub favourites.

McMullen’s Retail Director, Heydon Mizon, said:

“The pub will have a wide range of world beers, our unique range of handcrafted McMullen ales and an interesting wine list along with our excellent value Chicken & Grill pub menu.

“The Chicken & Grill concept was developed three years ago and has exceeded our expectations in all seven sites where it has been operated. We have been delighted generally with the performance of the concept that now serves on average over 1300 meals per week.”

Constructed on a greenfield site in Milton Keynes, work began on the new public house in May 2013 and is due to reach completion in January 2014. Stenball is the main contractor on Prince George of Cambridge, whilst Harrison Design is the project manager and architectural practice on the project.

Speaking to Premier Hospitality, Harrison Design Senior Designer, John Hennessy, said:

“We have worked with McMullen’s for over ten years, completing new builds as well as major refurbishments.

“We get a great deal of satisfaction when we return to a site weeks or even months after a pub has opened as we can see that it is well used, knowing that we have provided something for the whole community.”

The Prince George of Cambridge is an open plan pub, built from a steel frame structure and includes a bar and restaurant capable of catering for up to 150 patrons. Natural and reclaimed materials are being used where possible, with a great deal of reclaimed oak being used on the interior design, whilst the exterior includes cedar cladding and painted render finishes.

The building also includes a manager’s flat, staff bedrooms, an external decked seating area and a large car park. To complete the project, shrubs and trees are to be planted around the site, along with wild flowers, to present a very natural setting for the pub.

The Prince George of Cambridge follows the successful opening of The Britannia in Marlow and the redevelopment of The Sun, an existing McMullen & Sons pub at Hoddesdon, which opened earlier in 2013.

For more information about McMullen & Sons, please visit: www.mcmullens.co.uk.

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