Hertford brewer McMullen's is stepping up its search for good quality freeholds - particularly in London. The company has revealed it offered in excess of £6.5m for the freehold of the Lamb & Flag in London's Covent Garden, acquired in the end by Fuller's. "We are looking for good size freehold sites in prime locations which are either existing pubs or high street properties that lend themselve for development into our successful Baroosh concept” said Andrew Newbury, McMullen's property director. "Good examples are our sites in Bishops Stortford, Marlow and a new edge of city site in Milton Keynes," he said. "A retail store in Bishops Stortford is currently being developed and will open as a Baroosh bar just before Christmas. "It is hoped to start developing Marlow and Tattenhoe in the New Year - Marlow was originally purchased as an investment with development in mind at the end of the lease. "A similar pub investment has recently been purchased in Welwyn Garden City and the newly opened Duchess of Windsor in Thames Street, Windsor was a fomer Slug and Lettuce site." Managing director Peter Furness-Smith added: "Prices for top quality London freeholds are now almost back to pre banking crisis levels so we are prepared to pay full prices for quality sites, as demonstrated by our recent offer in excess of £6.5m for the Lamb and Flag in Covent Garden.”