Bloomsbury Leisure has added to its pipeline with three new sites set to open in the next six months, including its first venue in Ireland, MCA understands.

The group has taken on the former Bridge House pub at Tower Bridge – which was Adnams only site in London. The site is currently being refurbished ahead of a November opening under the name The Raven. Bloomsbury founder Jon Dalton told MCA that with a lot of big chains in the area, the focus would be on offering beers from smaller brewers.

The group has also take on the Dover Castle, on Weymouth Mews, off Great Portland Street. The former Samuel Smith pub will open in early October as The Jackalope’, with six cask beer lines and 16 kegs.

The Dublin Tap will be on the site of the city’s Temple Bar. Bloomsbury has acquired the freehold of the site with planning in process. Dalton said he hopes to open the site in January.

The new additions to the estate takes Bloomsbury to 13 sites overall. All have been funded through existing cash flow and Dalton said there were no short-term plans to seek investment.

He said: “Our pub group sales are up 15% year-on-year and our flagships Euston Tap and Waterloo Tap are up an astonishing 20%.”

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