Star Pubs and Bars has revealed that Brewmish Pub Company has taken on two of the group’s Oxfordshire sites.
Led by Chris Brewster, the former licensee of Dedington’s the Unicorn, Brewmish will now operate both The Duke of Marlborough and The King’s Head.
Set to undergo a £350,000 joint refurbishment, The King’s Head will reopen as The Black Lane Tavern in mid-August, whereas The Duke of Marlborough has been trading since 17 May following a lockdown refurbishment.
Prior to launching Brewmish, Brewster gained 15 years of experience in the industry, including a spell as account manager at Majestic.
Brewster recognised that “taking on two pubs during lockdown was frustrating” due to the business not being able “to grow as quickly as planned”.
He said: “In the short-term we, like many other hospitality businesses, are facing the challenge of staff shortages, but I feel very positive about the future. It’s all about the long-term. In 12 months both businesses will be humming as people are desperate to socialise.
“Once The Duke of Marlborough and The Back Lane Tavern are firmly established, we plan to take on a further two or three pubs in the Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire or Berkshire area.”
Paul Linton, regional operations director at Star Pubs and Bars, added that Brewster’s “local knowledge, enthusiasm, and innovative ideas” will create pubs that “visitors and residents alike can enjoy”.