Pearmain Pubs, the food-led Surrey pub group run by former Blubecker’s chief Richard Brown, has secured its seventh pub.

The group has acquired the Grantley Arms, Wonersh, which won Best Turnaround Pub in the Great British Pub Awards 2016.

Chris Frederick and Richard Cryer bought the Grantley Arms, Wonersh, last year, but now have accepted an offer from Pearmain, according to MCA’s sister title, The Morning Advertiser (MA).

The group opened its first pub – the Red Lion, Horsell in February 2008 and has since added the Three Horseshoes, Laleham, the Onslow Arms, Clandon, the Old Plough, Stoke D’Abernon, the Crown, St. Margarets andthe Wheatsheaf, Esher Green, which opened this July

Frederick told: “[The pub] is doing really well. I guess really for us to take the business to the next level it would need another few hundred thousand pounds.

“We’ve had a lot of offers from pub companies but we wanted to work with one who will carry on the business as we would like to see it – we’re locals too.”

The duo invested approximately £500,000 in the Grantley Arms after taking it on, employing chef Matt Edmonds, previously of Searcys at the Gherkin, London, to oversee its food offer .

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