Robinsons Brewery acquires Individual Inns

By Nikkie Thatcher

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New sites: the Masons Arms in Strawberry Bank, Cumbria, is one of the pubs being acquired by Robinsons
New sites: the Masons Arms in Strawberry Bank, Cumbria, is one of the pubs being acquired by Robinsons

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Cheshire-based Robinsons Brewery has announced the acquisition of Individual Inns, which comprises six sites.

The acquisition means Robinsons’ managed pub estate has grown to 20 sites and strengthens its portfolio in Cumbria as well as moving into Yorkshire, a previously untapped county for the business.

The company currently operate more than 260 tenanted and managed pubs in the north of England.

The pubs being acquired by Robinsons are:

  • The Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank, Cumbria
  • The Wheatshead, Brigsteer (incorporating Lumley Fee Bunk House), Cumbria
  • The Spread Eagle, Sawley, Lancashire
  • The Tempest, Elslack, North Yorkshire
  • The Fountaine Inn, Linton, North Yorkshire
  • Wheatley Arms, Ben Rhydding, West Yorkshire

Fantastic business

Managing director of the pubs division at Robinsons, William Robinson, said: “We aim to offer great experiences through food, drinks or overnight stays, and see Individual Inns as a great example of a company that shares our values and standards and so hope the customers and the team at Individual Inns will feel that joining our family is a home from home. 

“Ewan Harries and his management team have built a fantastic business over many years, and we look forward to working with them all as their great pubs join ours in a successful future.

“As recently reported, we have a track record of investing in training and pub refurbishments having spent £26.7m on 127 pubs over the past five years as we prepare for a healthy future. Our long-term strategy remains unchanged. We are committed to developing our people, growing the quality of our pub estate, and creating high-quality beers that our customers love to drink.”

Ripe for expansion

Individual Inns managing director Ewan Harries said he was delighted a family business has become the owner of of Individual Inns, which was named Nest Pub Group in The Good Pub Guide 2018​.

He added: “Our award-winning group is ripe for expansion and a continued desire for excellence. Robinsons has that desire.”

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