The White Lion, Tring, Hertfordshire
Claridges-trained chef Michael Brooke and his wife, Darlyne, have taken over the White Lion in Tring, Hertfordshire.
The rent on the Greene King-leased pub is £56,000 a year, subject to review every three years. Michael will run the kitchen while Darlyne, formally of the Intercontinental Hotel, will take care of front-of-house duties and marketing.
The pair plan to create a destination-dining experience and are seeking to increase food sales significantly. Food currently accounts for 40% of trade, but the Brookes hope to increase that level to 60%.
The pub is well set for an expansion on the food side, with a 50-cover bar and brasserie area, 40-cover restaurant and 130-cover al fresco dining area with picturesque views.
"We're looking to create a reputation for Michael and his food," said Darlyne, who anticipates employing 30 staff by this summer. "We'll certainly be looking for at least one AA rosette in the near future."
The style of food will be rustic modern British cuisine with a French twist. The couple plan to include dishes such as chicken liver and brandy pâté with crusty bread (£5.50), followed by locally-produced wild boar and apple sausages with sweet potato mash and balsamic red onion gravy (£9.99).
The seasonal menu will change at least once a month.
Owners' accommodation includes a main en-suite bedroom, second double bedroom, bathroom, lounge and kitchen.
The sale of the White Lion was completed by Christie+Co off a guide price of £45,000.