Shepherd Neame has strengthened its London estate with the acquisition of three sites from private vendors.

The family brewer has purchased riverside City site the Samuel Pepys; the Savoy Tap, off the Strand and the Cheshire Cheshire in Temple. The values of the deals were not disclosed.

The news follows last week’s acquisition of Red Mist Leisure pub The Wheatsheaf.

This brings the total number of Shepherd Neame’s London pubs to 36 and the estate as a whole to 322.

The Samuel Pepys on Stew Lane is Shepherd Neame’s first riverside pub in the city. It is housed in a converted tea warehouse and has a balcony with views across the Thames. The Savoy Tap is a classic London pub and occupies an historic spot on Savoy Street, just off the Strand, overlooking the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy. There has been a pub on the site of the Cheshire Cheese on Little Essex Street, Temple since the 16th century and the current incarnation was created in 1928, built in the arts and crafts style.

The Samuel Pepys and the Savoy Tap have already undergone significant refurbishment and the Cheshire Cheese will shortly benefit from significant further investment.

Chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We’re delighted to add these three historic, characterful London pubs to our portfolio.

“They represent our continuing investment in interesting and unique locations and our commitment to offering a great experience to our customers.”

Shepherd Neame will release its full-year trading update on Wednesday.

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