A former Mitchells & Butlers senior executive is overseeing the roll-out of a new brand called d’Arry’s, writes Paul Charity. Chris Gerard, whose company is called Innventure, worked at M&B for 23 years and oversaw the creation of the Vintage Inns brand. Gerard, who left M&B in 2003, now has five pubs – three Greene King leases and two M&B franchised pubs. Gerard is lining up a sixth pub, the Cart and Horse in Kings Worthy, Hampshire. The pub, also owned by Greene King, will re-open on 12 May and will be called d’Arry’s at the Cart and Horse. The d’Arry’s site in Cambridge, a Greene King lease formerly called the Cambridge Arms, now takes up to £10,000 on Saturdays alone. It is branded more specifically as d’Arry’s wine shop and describes itself as “a bar, a restaurant, a pub and a home from home.” A source said: “It’s an unusual concept with an emphasis on wine and cask ale, but with absolutely terrific food. Decor-wise it’s a little reminiscent of Browns but the food is better. “It’s taken Cambridge by storm since it opened a year ago.” Other pubs run by Inn-venture are the Broadway, Letchworth; the Wellington, Welwyn; the George, Fordingbridge; and the Forrsters, Church Crookham.