Bermondsey Pub Company, Ei Group’s managed arm, has grown beyond 40 sites with its latest flurry of openings.

The group, which is led by Richard Woodward, has recently opened the Black Bull in Brigg; the Churchillian in Portsmouth, the Elephant & Castle in Amersham, the Crown on the Bridge in Reading, the Wellington Arms in Marlborough, the Corn Exchange in Hull and the Uxbridge Arms in Kensington, taking its portfolio to 42.

At last year’s FY update, Simon Townsend, chief executive of Ei Group, then called Enterprise Inns, set a target of 50 Bermondsey sites by September 2017. The group aims to have a 200-strong portfolio by 2020.

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