Gareth Lloyd-Jones, the former chief executive of Gourmet Holdings, has taken his pub estate back up to five with the acquisition of the Bridge in Barnes, south London.

The lease of the site with Star Pubs & Bars has been secured for an undisclosed sum from the administrators of the Town & Country Pub Limited. Colliers International handled the deal.

Lloyd-Jones said: “We have acted promptly to add another fine pub property to our portfolio. The Bridge in Barnes is an excellent house with more potential over the medium term.

“We look forward to welcoming new and existing customers back, after completing a short period of refurbishment. Plans will include enhancing: the garden, internal dining room, kitchen and drinking areas.”

Ross Kirton, director of Colliers International, said: “There has been a lot of interest in the Town & Country Pub estate since we brought it to market in October, especially in the London sites which were all located in sought after and diverse suburbs. Gareth and his team put forward an offer which proposed to upgrade the Bridge at Barnes ahead of the forthcoming Oxford and Cambridge Boat race, gaining further support from the Star Pubs.”

Last month M&C reported that Lloyd-Jones has exited the Pelican in Notting Hill.

He also operates two neighbourhood dining pubs in central London: the Canonbury and the Hansom Cab as well as the Spencer, the Althorp and the Bridge House in south west London.