Brakspear managed estate hits 10 sites

By Michelle Perrett

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Expansion plan: two sites are added to Brakspear's managed estate
Expansion plan: two sites are added to Brakspear's managed estate
Brakspear, the pub operator and brewer, is expanding its managed division with two pubs to transfer from its tenanted and leased business.

This takes its managed estate to 10 sites.

However, it has revealed that its first managed site in London – the Pocket Watch in Shepherd's Bush – is to return to the tenanted and leased estate.

The Little Angel in Brakspear's home town of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, is to be transferred to the company's managed estate. It has been run for the past 13 years by lessee Doug Green and wife Lolly, who will continue to run another Brakspear pub, the Cherry Tree at Stoke Row, also in Henley-on-Thames.

The second pub to transfer is the Dog & Duck in Wokingham, Berkshire, which will reopen in November after an extensive redevelopment. The pub will have a similar look and feel to the Retreat, which opened in Staines, Surrey, last autumn. Brakspear hopes that this concept can become a managed ‘model' that can be rolled out to other areas as the estate 

"We are delighted to be expanding our managed business with these two pubs. Doug and Lolly have built a great business at the Little Angel and we see no need to change anything, so it's business as usual there," said Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies.

"In contrast, more or less everything is changing at the Dog & Duck, and we're looking forward to reopening it with an offer that has been very successful at the Retreat. The Dog & Duck will, similarly, deliver great quality food and drink in a welcoming, relaxed setting, with broad appeal to residents and workers in and around Wokingham."

Brakspear's first managed pub, the Bull on Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, opened in March 2013.

In addition to the Bull on Bell Street, the Little Angel and the Dog & Duck, the managed division comprises: the Porch House and the Sheep on Sheep Street, both in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire; George Townhouse in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire; the Townhouse in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire; the Chequers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire; the Running Horses in Mickleham, Surrey; and the Retreat in Staines, Surrey. 

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