Britannia Pub Company, the operator of premium neighbourhood pubs in London, plans to expand to five or six sites within the next couple of years, founder Cymon Eckel has told M&C Report. The company recently bought its second site, the Half Moon in Dulwich, from Trust Inns. It also runs the Griffin in Shoreditch. Eckel said: “Britannia is a vehicle that’s set up to purchase premium neighbourhood pubs - long leaseholds and freeholds. We are looking to maintain the authenticity and heritage inherent in a lot of classic pubs. “I see us growing up to five or six sites over the next two years." He said Britannia was a “deal-led company” and would “not expand for the sake of it”. "We are focusing on [pubs with] authentic classic interiors and it depends what comes on the market.” Eckel’s other ventures have included London venues such as Riki Tik in Soho and XOYO in Shoreditch. He was also involved in the music festival Vapour and music fanzine Boys Own.

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