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Which pub garden furniture is right for your pub?

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Summer is approaching and already people are choosing to sit outside to enjoy drinks with friends or a meal with family at their local pub.

Updating existing pub gardens or outside pub dining areas

If you already offer an outside area for your customers to use for drinking and eating when the weather is nice, could now be the ideal time to update your current offering?

Over time, materials like wood can rot and break when left out in cold and wet weather.  Similarly, metal furniture can rust and sharpen in places, whilst wicker furniture can start looking tatty and become unstable after a heavy summer if it’s not made of a high-quality material and looked after well.

Updating your outside furniture can be the difference between customers coming back time and time again in the summer, or choosing to go elsewhere.

Creating an outside pub seating or dining area

If you don’t already have an outside seating area, there are lots of reasons to include one at your pub, including:

  • More space for additional drinkers and diners when the inside is busy
  • It can be a more child friendly area, especially if there is an area for them to play too
  • It can be more dog friendly, so more tempting to countryside walkers or people who would prefer not to leave the dog at home on a nice day
  • If it’s a sunny day and your pub doesn’t have nice seating, it’s more likely that potential customers will choose to go to a pub that does, instead

Which pub garden furniture should you buy?

Depending on the type of pub you have, there are different types of pub garden furniture that would best complement the look and feel of the pub inside. 

Wooden pub garden furniture

A wooden range of pub garden furniture would work well to extend the pub’s interior through to the outside of the pub, if your pub is traditional or classic.  This works particularly well for countryside pubs, as wood complements a pub surrounded by trees and nice views to create an outdoorsy feel.

Our Capra Square Table and Monaco Wood Effect Stacking Chairs look great together and are water resistant, which means you won’t have to rush to put them away every time it rains.

monaco wood effect stacking chair

Wicker pub garden furniture

If your pub garden extends to an area that is either not secured throughout the evening, or is used for any other purpose such as an extended car park for other events, you may need furniture that can be easily stacked away.  Wicker is an ideal material for being able to move items quickly and easily, as it’s relatively light compared to other furniture materials.

Wicker is also versatile in terms of colour ranges, as it can be coloured and still look great.  Our Monaco Wicker Stacking Chair is available in black, yellow, red and green.  The Plaza Table looks great in black and is rust resistant, so whilst you might want to put it away if it’s outside the front of the pub in the daytime, you won’t need to rush to get it in if it rains.

Black Wicker pub garden furniture stacking chair

Aluminium pub garden furniture

Another great option for both temporary and permanent pub garden furniture is aluminium.  This works well for any type of pub, but particularly city pubs or those that are less traditional.

The beauty of aluminium is that it is waterproof, so if you have a pub garden, a street seating area or even just a balcony or terrace, you can leave your furniture out of storage for the entire summer.  As well as being resistant to rust and weather damage, aluminium pub furniture is really easy to clean, easy to handle and easy to store.

We like this Rossa Aluminium Stacking Table with the Monaco Aluminium Stacking Chair for alfresco drinking and dining, especially if you’re trying out a pub garden for the first time.

Monaco Aluminium pub garden furniture stacking chair

Buying pub garden furniture online

At Trent Furniture, we have been working with many pubs for many years.  We know what lasts well and in what circumstances, as well as what fits best with a pub’s interior and existing atmosphere.  For advice about which pub garden furniture would work best for your pub, give us a call on 0116 2986 866 or email us at sales@pubfurnitureuk.co.uk .

 

To view our full range of pub tables, visit the Trent Furniture website.

Should you become a dog-friendly pub?

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Unless you own a dog, you won’t be fully aware of how frustrating it can be to find a pub that opens its doors to dogs. And there’s good reason for this. For the owner of the establishment, whether it’s a pub, café or hotel, the prospect of letting customers bring in their pet can fill their heart with dread.

What they might not be aware of is the size of the market that they are excluding. Figures from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association in 2015 show that there are 8.5 million pet dogs in the UK, making up close to a quarter of all households (24 per cent).

Being dog-friendly is essential to this market. 70 per cent of UK dog owners research pubs before visiting and one in three struggle to find a suitable dog-friendly pub.

If you want to appeal to this market, what areas are important to pet owners?

Water bowls spread around the pub, inside and outside.
Staff that are welcoming to dogs
Food available for dogs
Easily visible dog etiquette rules
Outdoor space

Once you’ve put in the changes, you need to make sure locals and visitors are aware of your new found status. There are several websites that list dog friendly pubs in the UK including Doggie Pubs and DogBuddy.

Dog friendly pub furniture

If you are considering making your pub dog-friendly, you may first need to consider your furniture. To cater for pets, furniture needs to be robust. Shabby chic décor also ties in well with a pub that provides facilities for dogs.

For more information and recommendations on tables and chairs that are ideal for a dog-friendly pub, call us today on 0116 2989 897.

Mayor’s pledge to support London’s pubs

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There are few more quintessentially British traditions than a trip down to the pub. While there were once many local pubs a short walk away from almost anywhere, figures show a decline in the number of pubs, especially in London.

County Hall statistics show that the number of London pubs has fallen by a quarter in the past 15 years. That equates to an unfortunate average of 81 pubs closing every year in the capital!

From the 4,835 pubs in 2001, in 2016 the number of pubs in London fell to 3,615. This trend cannot continue and landlords across the capital will feel reassurance that the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has commissioned a project to duck the trend.

Commenting on the figures, Sadiq said: “I am shocked at the rate of closures and we have partnered with CAMRA to ensure we can track the number of pubs open in the capital and redouble our efforts to stem the rate of closures. I’ve made safeguarding and growing the night time economy a key priority and this isn’t possible without a thriving pub scene.”

British culture

It’s fair to say that pubs are a staple of our culture, and most can’t imagine a world without them. Whether it’s for the happy or sad moments, the pub is a calling point for friends, families and maybe even a trip alone.

Mr. Khan explains: “The Great British Pub is at the heart of the capital’s culture. From traditional workingmen’s clubs to cutting-edge micro-breweries, London’s locals are as diverse and eclectic as the people who frequent them.”

It’s not just locals who love a trip to the pub either, statistics show that a trip to the pub is high up on tourist’s list of things to do when visiting London. Over half of international visitors frequent a pub during their stay to get a taste of the culture. Every pub closure is a blow to a local community.

Pub furniture

For pub owners who are struggling to attract visitors, a refurbishing and new décor can be all you need. Be honest with yourself, when was the last time you altered your interior design? A refresh can be great for bringing in new customers.

Yes, tourists enjoy a visit to a pub, but one that hasn’t changed at all since the 70s might not be one of their most favoured. To help, follow our guide to choosing pub furniture.

For more information about the furniture, we have available call us today on 0116 2989 913.

Pub furniture table sets to suit every pub

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We know that furnishing a new pub, or refurbishing an existing pub is a big task which needs to be completed in as short a time as possible.  The more time that the pub is closed for, the more time people have to discover different pubs that they hadn’t tried before, or to get into the habit of not going at all.

To keep things moving as smoothly as possible when furnishing a pub, we have created pub furniture sets, the benefits of which include:

Guaranteed matching pub furniture items
Guaranteed fit for seating and dining
Reduced price for sets compared to buying each item of furniture individually
Range of styles
Range of finishes to suit your individual pub’s atmosphere and colour schemes

Traditional pub table sets

For a traditional pub, we have pub chairs, stools and tables that are available in a range of wooden finishes and many separate fabric options.

Take our Pub Furniture Package that is currently on sale (saving almost £300).  Included in the price of £1,6990.90 (exc. VAT) are:

20 pub chairs
20 pub stools
10 pub tables

Modern pub table sets

For a more modern pub interior, specifically for pub dining, we have a Restaurant Furniture Package featuring seating with padded faux leather upholstery in a range of colours.  The chairs and tables also come in a range of wooden finishes, including dark and light oak and walnut.  Included in this package price of £2,4990.90 (exc. VAT) are:

40 pub restaurant chairs
10 pub restaurant tables

Another modern pub furniture dining option, available in a smaller quantity, is the four person Dining Set Package that we have on sale.  This package’s brown leather chairs with light oak table set is available for £267.50 (exc. VAT).  Both the chairs and tables have matching legs and perfectly seat four people.  Included in the package are:

4 pub dining chairs
1 pub dining table

 

Buying low cost pub tables

As well as our lost cost pub table packages, we also have a large range of individual pub tables and chairs.  To speak to a pub furniture specialist about which pub tables and chairs are the best option for your pub, bar or restaurant areas, give us a call.  We’ll be happy to help and will make sure that you get the best possible price for the best furniture for your pub.

To view our full range of pub tables, visit the Trent Furniture website.

5 characteristics to look for when buying good pub tables

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Pub tables are a very important part of a pub’s furniture range.  For years, pint after pint will be placed upon a pub table, plate after plate of food will be eaten upon it and elbow upon elbow will lean on it.  For these reasons, it’s important that pub owners buy a table that’s got longevity – there’s no point buying something flimsy or delicate – a pub table needs to be built to last.

At Trent Furniture, we have been supplying pubs with a large range of pub tables that are ideal for everyday use and have a long lifespan, for years.  Below are some of our tips for spotting a good pub table and what to look for when you’re buying a new range of tables for your pub.

Choose a sturdy pub table

Imagine someone slamming their hand down on the table when their rival football team scores a goal, only to send everybody’s pint flying and the table crashing down on their knees.  It just can’t happen in pubs – it would be disastrous (especially if you were to opt for a glass table!).  Similarly, when you’re eating a pub meal, the last thing you want is to be worried about your meal sliding away from you or having flimsy table legs that cause the table to wobble every time you cut into your steak.

Choose a pub table that’s big enough

It’s fine to have a table that only seats two people, but if a couple are at the pub for an intimate meal, make sure that the table is big enough for them to spend plenty of time there, with room for drinks and plates.  On the other hand, if two friends are eating, make sure that it’s not too intimate – it’s a fine line between a romantic meal for two and a couple of guys meeting for a meal before the football.

Something like our Square Cruciform Table is the ideal size for both and will even comfortably seat four people for a bar area.

It’s also worth having a few larger tables that cater for family meals or group drinks.  At least two tables that cater for around six people are ideal for most sizes of pubs, especially as it prevents you pushing lots of two and four seater tables together, which loses the seating for smaller parties who may also be eating when a larger group could just be having drinks.

Choose a pub table that doesn’t stain

Depending on whether your pub tables are used with placemats and good coasters, you may want to opt for either a solid finish or a veneer finish.  Either way, it’s usually best to opt for wood that is hard wearing and durable.

Our Rectangular Wellington Table comes in a choice of hardwearing wooden solid or veneer finishes, in dark and light oak, or walnut.  A durable finish, tested by FIRA (independent Furniture Industry Research Association) also means that as well as being stain resistant, our pub tables withstand the wear and tear associated with daily use.

Choose a pub table that is the right height to eat at

Whether you pair a pub table with bar stools, pub chairs or space saving pub stools, you’ll need to make sure that whatever seating you intend to use measures up with your pub table to leave enough room for your customers to eat without reaching up or leaning over.

Check that a pub table is listed as being of ‘dining height’ and if in doubt, measure the length of the legs of the seating you have and compare them to the length of the legs of the pub table you like.  Our website shows you the height of pub table legs and the weight of each individual pub table, so that you can check this for any table you like, before you invest in a new range.

Advice about buying pub tables

If you’re looking for a place to buy a pub table from, the furniture experts at Trent Furniture will be able to help with any questions you may have regarding any furniture’s suitability and usage. To speak to a pub furniture specialist, give us a call on 0116 2986 866 or email us at sales@pubfurnitureuk.co.uk.

To view our full range of pub tables, visit the Trent Furniture website.

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