City Pub Company East has opened its tenth site, The Temple Brewhouse, which is situated just off The Strand, complete with its own smokehouse.

The Rupert Clark-led company, which has a further three sites lined up to open in the first half of next year, also operates adjoining  wine bar operation Dalys, on the Strand.

Since its acquisition thsi spring, the basement has been fully refurbished with Dalys following in the New Year at a combined cost of under £600k.Clark said that two sites will run as separate operations but with some back office synergies.

The group will refurbish and reopen Delaney’s in Norwich under its brewhouse format, while the Cock & Bottle in London’s Notting Hill, will reopen next spring after an upgrade.

The company will then move on to refurbishing the Nell Gwynne Tavern in Bull Inn Court, Covent Garden.

Clark said that the group would continue to look for sites in its existing trading locations which would complement its established offer.

The site off The Strand will retain the established Dalys concept upstairs and will remain focused on its traditional market, located as it is in the middle of London’s legal district. It will maintain its wine bar & brasserie feel; however, the menu and wine list will be overhauled to embrace modern expectations whilst keeping its old school charm.

Downstairs the Temple Brewhouse, which has an industrial yet contemporary warehouse style, comes with its own “Smokehouse” specialising in US style hot smoking such as pulled pork, mutton ribs & 48 hour brisket to mention a few.

The cuisine complements the on-site microbrewery and the 12 ever changing local craft beers. It will brew a couple of core brands such as the aptly named Tempale, a traditional best bitter, and Gavel, an American Style Pale Ale, as well as some seasonal favourites.

Clark, chief executive of City Pub Company East, said: “We are delighted and excited about the Temple Brewhouse.  It is fantastic to be able to re-introduce brewing back into the heart of central London.  The brewery is very much part of the pub and brewing will happen during opening hours so customers can see what is going on, chat to our head brewer and potentially get involved.

“By having the two sites together we are able to  broaden the appeal of the location to a wider clientele, create additional space, and create a new innovative food offer that the site was not physically capable of or economically viable for previously.  Our Smokehouse and 12 ever changing craft beers enhances the offer.”

Parent company, the City Pub Company, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)-funded group, announced earlier this year plans to raise a further £5m to £10m through the issuing of convertible preference shares as it targets an estate of 25 to 30 pubs.