New Dawn, Browns, Wells & Co open sites

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Good winter: Plenty of new openings and acquisitions in this week's property round-up
Good winter: Plenty of new openings and acquisitions in this week's property round-up

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New sites have been opened by Wells & Co, New Dawn and Browns, and Red Oak Taverns and the Inn Collection Group have completed acquisitions.

New Dawn opens 5th​ site

South east-based multiple operator New Dawn Pubs (NDP) is opening its fifth site, following a seven-figure investment into the property and its refurbishment.

The Gomshall Mill, near Guildford in Surrey is the company’s first newly purchased pub and opened its doors just in time for the festive season (Thursday 1 December).

The first phase of the renovation included a full refurbishment of the pub’s internal footprint, which works with the architecture and design of the 17th​​ century original mill.

Its original features have been restored and repaired in a bid to enhance the building’s character.

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Businessman snaps up traditional coaching inn

The Ship Inn, Marygate, Northumberland has been sold by Christie & Co to local businessman Terry Maughan.

Known as the Northumberland Arms until 1995, the pub has been a feature on Holy Island for severa hundred years.

Previous owners Andrew and Janice Hnat owned the inn for 17 years before deciding to sell to retire.

Christie & Co hospitality team director David Cash said: “The Ship Inn is a fantastic example of a centuries-old inn which has been incredibly well maintained by its former owners. Andrew and Janice have done a fantastic job at building the inn’s reputation as a warm, welcoming freehouse and it’s been an absolute pleasure to act for them in their pursuit of retirement.”


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Greene King pub reopens after £220k makeover

Multiple pub operator Clive Davison has opened his third pub with Greene King Pub Partners.

The Lupset in Wakefield, Yorkshire has reopened following a £220,000 investment from Greene King’s leased and tenanted division.

The pub, a former Greene King Flaming Grill site, has been transformed as part of the investment, receiving a full refurb.

Inside, the pub has been completely transformed with new all new flooring, furniture, lighting and a new bar.

The site now also offers food and drink along with Sky Sports and regular entertainment. It also has a pool table and a dartboard.

Davison said: “I am delighted to have taken on The Lupset, our third pub with Greene King, and expand our multiple pub operation. The pub has been completely transformed with Greene King’s investment and we are really excited for the future of this wet led, community pub.”


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Inn Collection Group acquires art-deco site

The Midland Hotel in Morecambe is the latest acquisition for the Inn Collection Group (ICG), as the operator continues to expand on the Lancastrian coast.

The site is an art-deco building in the Streamline Moderne style, and has been purchased for an undisclosed sum from its prior owners, Clitheroe-based charity Lancaster Foundation.

This is ICG’s third acquisition in Lancashire and is the group’s fourth acquisition since the start of October.

ICG managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are delighted to bring The Midland into the group and bring in an establishment that is held in such high regard. 

“It is a site that has a unique positioning with loyal fans worldwide and it is exciting to become its custodian. 

“We are very keen to retain what is special about The Midland and see it very much as a protection project, looking after the fabric of the building and ensuring that it continues to occupy a prominent place not just in its physical location, but in peoples’ hearts for many years to come. 

“Overlooking the bay and the sunsets with the Lakeland fells as the backdrop are something that I love and I’m looking forward to seeing many more people enjoy them too.”  

A grade 2 listed structure, The Midland was built in 1933 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway and was designed by architect Oliver Hill to compliment the curve of the promenade on Morecambe Bay. 

Chris Richardson, development director of Lancaster Foundation said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this sale. The charity will continue to grow its funding to support the increasing needs of the charities that we support.” 


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Browns opens west London site

Browns Brasserie & Bar has come to Ruislip, west London, in the site of an old Harvester restaurant that has been revamped.

The 1920s-inspired interior design includes art-deco styling and luxurious furnishings. British comforts, fresh seasonal creations, afternoon teas and Champagne bottomless brunches are all available on the menu.

Browns Ruislip general manager Danylo Iamaguchi said: “Bringing a new Browns to the historic county of Middlesex is a fantastic opportunity for the brand and local area.

“Both myself and the whole team can’t wait to open the doors and welcome guests to experience the new Browns for themselves, we hope they love the transformation.”


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Red Oak Taverns acquires Hampshire pub

Red Oak Taverns has completed the acquisition of the Temple Inn in Liss Forest, Hampshire increasing their pub estate to 206 freehold leased and tenanted pubs.

The pubco’s property and acquisitions director Graeme Bunn said: “We are delighted to have added this quality asset to our estate which complements the pubs we have acquired in Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex over the last 18 months. 

“We have partnered with an exceptional local operator to take over the running of the pub tenancy and who will be introducing an exciting new food menu within the coming days”.

The pub was a former Red Mist Leisure operated site and the sale was handled by Christie & Co.


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Wells & Co take over Oxfordshire site

Wells & Co have taken over previous pub partner site the Nightingale in Bicester, Oxfordshire adding the site to its managed house portfolio.

The family brewer is aiming to grow its managed estate to 50 in the next few years.

Kieran O’Brien, the pub’s new general manager, said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to run the perfect local, now with this refurb, I truly believe we can achieve great things. The team are in place, and we are raring to go.”

Some £325,000 has been ploughed into the pub, which opened on Saturday 12 November. The revamp included a new bar area, toilets and kitchen.

Wells & Co operations director Tor Humpherston said: “We’re delighted to have The Nightingale within the managed division. The refurbishment is stunning, and we know that Kieran and the team will deliver not only a fantastic festive season but will continue to have a great trade throughout 2023.”

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