Unique Hospitality, the 10-strong pub operator, has strengthened its operations team, as co-founder Jonathan Taylor steps away from the business.

Taylor formed the company in 2015 with Andrew Coath and Mark Austin, and acted as operations director until leaving the group this summer. He remains a shareholder.

Sean McGuirk has been promoted from operations manager to operations director following Taylor’s departure. Meanwhile, Guy Clark, who previously worked for Casual Dining Group’s Las Iguanas brand and Ben Paul, ex of Peach Pubs, have joined as operations managers.

The news comes as the group confirmed that the former Loch Fyne site it acquired in Hertford will reopen in November as The Hummingbird.

As reported by MCA in June, the business will relaunch the site on Fore Street under its Aspley Pubs arm.

Coath said: “The Hummingbird is a quirky site in terms of the style of the building for a pub. We will be offering a very casual menu, while the drinks offer will include a big focus on cocktails. It will offer something for everyone on any occasion.”

The Hummingbird will be Unique Hospitality’s 11th site, with another opening planned for early in 2019.