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Butcombe Brewery acquires eight pubs from SA Brain

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 13 November 2017 9:58

Butcombe Brewery acquires eight pubs from SA Brain

Liberation Group (the owners of Butcombe Brewery) has acquired eight pubs from brewers SA Brain for an undisclosed sum.

The pubs include the Smoking Dog in Malmesbury; Ostrich in Bristol; Bowl in Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire; Jubilee in Flax Bourton, Somerset; Bear in Cirencester; White Horse in Buckover; Langford in Lower Langford, in North Somerset; and Old Station in Hallatrow in Somerset.

Seven of the pubs are freehold and one leasehold.

In addition to purchasing the pubs, Butcombe is also investing in the Butcombe Brewery, expanding its range of beers and upgrading its infrastructure with a new distribution depot and kegging and bottling line.

Mark Crowther, chief executive of Liberation Group said: “The addition of these eight high-quality pubs to our portfolio further accelerates the growth of our rapidly expanding pub estate, strengthening our presence in our heartland around Bath and Bristol.

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“These pubs are a perfect fit with our existing portfolio and will benefit from ownership by our fast-growing, market-leading regional brewery with its well-known brands.

“We welcome all those who work in those pubs and look forward to building a successful future together.”

Scott Waddington, chief executive of SA Brain, said: “The sale of our English pubs is well timed given the outstanding prospects we have to further grow our brand and pubs business in Wales.

“The rich affection with which our brand is held has further solidified our conviction to pursue our pub agenda inside Wales.

“We will remain very proud of the period of ownership we have enjoyed with the pubs that are being acquired by Butcombe and believe the team, with their West Country heartland, are well placed to take these businesses forward.”

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