Brunning & Price has acquired a new site in Warwickshire, as the pub operator continues to expand outside its heartland.
Part of The Restaurant Group, Brunning & Price has more than 60 pubs, predominantly located in the north west and south east of England, but has recently extended its reach into other areas.
According to Christie & Co, the business is looking for locations between Lancashire and Kent, in rural and semi-rural locations, with plot of at least 1.25 acres, or urban sites with the ability to create a bar restaurant venue, seating at least 120 people.
Simon Chaplin, director, corporate pubs & restaurants, Christie & Co, said: “As they continue with expansion outside of their current core area of the North West and the South East we are looking for suitable buildings and sites throughout the West Midlands and around locations such as Milton Keynes, York, Oxford and the Cotswolds as well as along the M4 to bring their individual style and quality to a wider audience.”
Its new Warwickshire site, Arrow Mill - a former flour mill which dates back to the 1800s - is located in Alcester, between Stratford upon Avon and Worcester.
Acquired through Christie & Co, the site was identified as being suitable for one of Brunning & Price’s destination pub restaurants due to its location and waterside setting – on the banks of the River Arrow.
The building will be converted into the Brunning & Price format, and is due to open before the summer.
Earlier this month MCA reported that the pub operator was to increase its presence in the south east with an opening in Buckinghamshire – after acquiring the Loch Fyne site recently closed by Greene King.
Brunning & Price is also set to open The Old Courthouse in Cheltenham on 15 February – its first in the south west, while the Morris Dancer pub in Kelsall is due to open this spring. It most recently traded as the Lord Binning Pub & Kitchen before it was closed by operator Carrwood Catering in April last year.