Northern Ireland’s largest pub operating group Wolf Inns have completed the purchase of North Belfast pub & restaurant, Bellevue Arms for an undisclosed sum.
The pub was established in 1937 and currently employs 48 staff across its restaurant and pub area, which also provides customers with a fantastic panoramic view of Belfast due to its location at the top of Antrim Road.
Andrew Gedge, Managing Director of Wolf Inns, said: “The Bellevue Arms is one of the best-known pubs in Ulster. For generations, the Diamond family and its dedicated team have welcomed locals and tourists alike, with outstanding food, drink and entertainment with a welcome second to none.
“We plan to build on the strong foundations already in place at the Bellevue Arms, and begin a refurbishment programme to further enhance the hospitality offering to the people of North Belfast and beyond.
“Wolf Inns now employs 172 staff across a strong portfolio of premium bars and restaurants. 2019 will witness further growth for the group as we continue to invest in our team and acquire new premises to further advance our leasing strategy.”
The new owners aim to complete an extensive £250,000 refurbishment of the restaurant and beer garden.
This purchase makes Wolf Inns portfolio grow to eight pubs in total, with the company also owning 2018 Pub of the year, Hop House in Bangor.
Andy Tew, Associate Director, Corporate Banking, at Ulster Bank, added:
“Ulster Bank is really pleased to have supported Wolf Inns in acquiring the Bellevue Arms and to further strengthen its market position as one of Northern Ireland’s leading pub operators.
“With forward momentum brought to the table by Wolf Inns and a clear, but ambitious, growth plan we look forward to seeing the venue maximise its potential under new management.”
Featured image: Wolf Inns Managing Director Andrew Gedge, left, is joined by Andy Tew, Associate Director, Corporate Banking, Ulster Bank.