Rarebreed Dining, the Havisham Group-backed gastropub operator, is to launch a third site, The Corn Stores, in Reading.

Opening on 10 Forbury Road, it will be the flagship, and follows The Plough Inn in Cobham and The Shurlock Inn in Reading.

The Victorian listed building has been restored with a ground-floor bar, a steak restaurant on the second floor and a members’ lounge on the top floor.

The 100 cover, all-day-dining restaurant will specialise in British meats, with dry ager fridges displaying cuts of beef from suppliers in Northern England and Scotland.

Steaks will be cooked on the Robata Grill, with signature dishes to include the rarebreed wagyu burger, and their surf and turf - a board of lobster meat, T-bone steak, pork tomahawk, chips, and salad.

The group’s membership scheme will give card holders access to the 60 cover lounge at the top of The Corn Stores.

Havisham, an investment portfolio led by David Brownlow, made a £6m equity investment in Rarebreed in 2016, to will allow the operator to acquire a further three or four or five new freehold and leasehold venues in three years.

Rarebreed was founded by Jonathan Matthew, a former investment manager at Caird Capital, a former backer of D&D, and Jordan Hallows, former owner of Clapham’s Circle Bar.

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