Brakspear has secured its 11th managed site after taking on the Lion in Wendlebury, Bicester, MCA has learnt.

The Cotswolds-based pub operator is understood to have acquired the site from Inndeavour Ltd, run by Kerr Smith and Sarah Robinson-Smith, who operate a further three pubs in Oxfordshire.

This year has seen Brakspear strengthen its managed house team, including Dan Turner joining from Ideal Collection into the newly-created retail marketing manager role and former McMullen’s managing director, Peter Furness-Smith joining the board.

The Brakspear managed estate comprises: Bull on Bell Street and Little Angel, both in Henley-on-Thames; Porch House and Sheep on Sheep Street, both in Stow-on-the-Wold; George Townhouse in Shipston-on-Stour; Townhouse in Stratford on Avon; Chequers in Marlow; Running Horses in Mickleham, Surrrey and Retreat in Staines. The newest addition to the division, the Dog & Duck in Wokingham, re-opened in November after extensive redevelopment.