Greener pastures for Brown Cow Inn as Gateacre pub gets massive beer garden as part of £275,000 investment

The Brown Cow Inn in Gateacre has reopened following a £275,000 investment from Proper Pubs, the Operator Managed platform of Hawthorn, the Community Pub Company.

The listed building has undergone an extensive renovation, giving the pub a new lease of life, with fresh fittings, an updated bar area, brand-new toilets, and refreshed external décor, including stained glass windows true to the building’s heritage. The pub has also benefitted from the significant creation of a large new beer garden on a previously unused piece of land, with space for 200 guests, including 60 covered seats. Most eye-catching of all, however, is the pub’s new jewel in the crown, a 700lb statue of a brown and white cow located in the garden, which seems certain to become a local attraction.
The Brown Cow is owned by Proper Pubs, which owns more than 140 local, community pubs across Scotland, England and Wales, and will be run by husband and wife team, Andy and Marie Colvin. The Colvins have extensive expertise running community pubs, with each of them bringing over a decade of experience. Following the pub’s reopening on 28th April, the operators enjoyed an official reopening party on 17th May, to formally welcome new and returning locals to the Halewood Road landmark.
Andy said: “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome back the locals that we know have missed this Liverpool gem. Proper Pubs is a great company to work with and we’d like to thank them for their support in transforming our pub into what it is now. After successfully running another Proper Pub pub in Bolton, we know that the Brown Cow Inn is the perfect fit for us, and we’re looking forward to being part of the community in Gateacre and welcoming guests both new and old to come and enjoy the brand-new Brown Cow.”
Guests can also expect to find a new drinks menu, along with the refreshed look for the Inn, which includes a more premium selection of beers and lagers such as Birra Moretti and Camden Hells, an enhanced wine list, and draught cocktails including passionfruit martinis and espresso martinis.
Mark Brooke, Director of Proper Pubs, said: “Andy and Marie are both extremely valued members of the Proper Pubs family, and we couldn’t think of a team we would rather be running this pub. Although it was a much-loved pub, The Brown Cow Inn was very tired and run down before the investment, and we are delighted with the results of the renovation. We wish Andy and Marie all the best for the future success of the pub.”