Papa John’s to serve pizza in a pub for the first time

07 April 2021

Papa John’s has teamed up with Staffordshire pub the Saracen’s Head, to serve up pizza.

From 12 April, pub-goers returning to the pub in the village of Weston, can enjoy Papa John’s pizza, the first pub site the franchise chain has opened in.

Lucy Dell, General Manager, Saracen’s Head said: “DHG Managing Director Martin Hirst acquired the pub five years ago and since then we’ve invested heavily in refurbishment, including a substantial new extension plus an open sided marquee. Our partnership with Papa John’s is the next step designed to enhance our proposition as we gear-up to welcome the return of customers this spring and summer.

“Papa John’s pizza will be available for both collection and delivery orders. For those who looking to enjoy our safe, socially distanced facilities, including our huge family beer garden and meet our resident herd of ten lamas, there is also now the chance to enjoy Papa John’s pizza with a pint at the same time!

“Aligning with a global brand like Papa John’s which is known throughout the world for its high-quality pizza, means we can complement our existing menu with more fresh food and fun! We have already taken hundreds of bookings for the 12 April and beyond and are now looking forward to a super summer with pizza on the side!”

Justin Gilbert Director of Business Development Papa John’s UK added: “With pubs re-opening, Papa John’s at the Saracen’s Head is a great example of how we can help drive profitable growth for selected establishments right at the heart of the community. 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. 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. It means everyone’s included in the Papa John’s experience and we welcome applications from other suitable venues who are looking at adding a quality branded dining experience for their customers.”

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