The pub company founded by industry veterans Adam Hogg and Richard Ward has exited its first and only pub and is considering its options for the future, M&C Report has learnt. Hogg, the founder of Conquest Inns, and Ward, former managing director of Marr Taverns, set up Hoggwards last year to run a group of food led pubs in the south of England. Hogg told M&C Report that the firm has exited its first site, the Boar’s Head in Horsham, West Sussex, a Hall & Woodhouse tenancy. “The market looks pretty difficult at the moment and we are debating what to do next,” said Hogg. Last year the group said it hoped to open up to 10 pubs across the southern Home Counties, where “the chef and his food define the offering”. Hogg was founder and managing director of Conquest Inns, which operated 61 tenanted pubs in London, East Anglia and the South East of England and was sold to Punch Taverns in 2003. Ward was a founder and director of the private equity-backed Marr Taverns and has operated bars and restaurants in the south of England and Jersey.