Brakspear grows managed estate with Wendlebury pub purchase

01/12/2017 - 09:07
Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has acquired a pub in Wendlebury, just outside Bicester, bringing its managed pub estate to 11.

New addition, The Lion, is a 190-cover, food-led pub with 13 bedrooms. It is currently under construction and is due to open in March 2018.

The pub, which was previously run by Sarah and Kerr Robinson-Smith, features an open fire and a beer garden.

Tom Davies (left), Brakspear chief executive, said: "We're delighted to be adding the Lion to our managed estate. Its focus on top quality food and outstanding service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes it a perfect fit with the ethos of our managed business.

“The addition of bedrooms creates an exciting opportunity which we are well-placed to maximise thanks to our experience of running several pubs with rooms in the Cotswolds.

"The Lion is a popular pub which is trading well under general manager Matt Gaby and his team, who will be staying in post. We have no plans to make big changes in the short term, and will be focusing on a successful launch of the letting rooms in the Spring."

The majority of Brakspear’s estate of around 130 pubs are in its leased and tenanted division.

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