MA300: Seafood Pub Co eyes further expansion

By Mark Wingett

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Joycelyn Neve: 'It is all about finding the format that fits the location'
Joycelyn Neve: 'It is all about finding the format that fits the location'

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Seafood Pub Company is planning to grow to up to 20 sites during the next few years, through a mixture of its eponymous concept and other “food formats”, founder Joycelyn Neve told MA300 delegates last month.

The Blackburn-based pub-restaurant operator, which was launched in 2011, plans to open eight sites in total under its seafood-led concept and up to 12 under what it describes as its “Pub Co brand”. The group is targeting Cheshire, the Lake District and Merseyside for new openings.

Its seventh site, Town Green Brasserie in Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancs, will open this Easter.

Last year, the Seafood Pub Company acquired and refurbished the Derby Arms in Thornley, Longridge, and the Barley Mow in Barley, Pendle.

Speaking at the MA300 conference in Manchester, Neve said the success of the Barley Mow, which is meat-led, meant the group was confident in its ability to move away from its core seafood offer to try different food formats.

She said: “The company was set up with the purpose of supporting further growth and we are now growing into that set-up. It is all about finding the format that fits the location and we are confident now that we have got two that can fit into a number of locations going forward.”

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