Walkabout (pub chain)
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Walkabout is an Australian themed pub and restaurant in the United Kingdom owned by Intertain UK. Walkabout hosts live performances regularly and has Australian sports shown regularly like Australian Football League, National Rugby League, Super Rugby and Cricket World Cup. The food menu offers also Australian themed food such as kangaroo burgers, steaks Australian Wild Boar Burgers, Barramundi Fish and Chips and homemade Meat pies and beer like Coopers, Victoria Bitter, Little Creatures Pale Ale and Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Ginger Beer.
Walkabout employs 821 employees and their head office is based in Hemel Hempstead.
The first Walkabout bar was opened in 1994. Since the first opening, Walkabout has continued to expand their estate, throughout the UK. In the two years to 2003 the number of Walkabouts had doubled in size, with 47 pubs across the UK.
In 2009 Walkabout's parent company went into administration. A number of unprofitable sites were closed and the company refinanced itself.
In the 2010s Walkabout came under pressure by boroughs keen to clean up and gentrify their high streets. Its iconic Covent Garden branch, which was the first to open in the mid '90s, was closed in March 2013 with the company saying the site was too small. There were 30 Walkabouts left operating at this time. Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout, one of their best known branches, closed in October 2013, leaving only one branch of Walkabout left in London.
Commencing in 2013, Walkabout embarked on a refurbishment programme across the estate, with the following sites being refurbished; Derby, Bristol, Brighton, Lincoln, Blackpool, Sheffield and Newquay. They have moved away from the 1990s ‘outback’ style fit out and closer to a modern venue.
Barnsley, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Carlisle, Derby, Exeter, Glasgow, Hanley, Lichfield, Lincoln, Liverpool, Manchester, Newquay, Plymouth, Reading, Sheffield, Solihull, Swansea, Temple and Watford
- Alex Ivett (20 September 2013). "Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout to close its doors in October". AustralianTimes.co.uk.
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