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St Austell Brewery buys historic Bristol pub

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 15 January 2019 15:59

St Austell Brewery buys historic Bristol pub

Family-owned brewery St Austell, which acquired Bath Ales in 2016, has bought a historic pub in Bristol.

The independent brewing business has acquired Lamplighters in Shirehampton, which will operate as a tenancy and will be part of the eight-strong Bath Ales pub portfolio.

The Lamplighters dates back to 1760 and is the only pub in Britain to bear this uncommon name.

The property was initially known as Lamplighter’s Hall - a country residence built by a prosperous contractor, who was responsible for lighting over half of Bristol’s parishes with oil lamps.

By the 1800s it was known as Lamplighter's Hotel and was regularly visited by seamen from across the world during long periods of anchorage in Hung Road.

The Lamplighters’ new tenant, James Sleeman, already runs three West Country pubs - the Bristol Ram, the Bristologist and the Bristol Yard.

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Steve Worrall, retail director St Austell Brewery, said: “As a business, we have an ongoing acquisition strategy to strengthen our award-winning estate of pubs and hotels across the South West.

"We’re therefore delighted to be able to announce the Lamplighters as the latest addition to Bath Ales’ collection of pubs in the region.

“Set in a terrific location overlooking the River Avon, Lamplighters is a classic community pub with a great seasonal food offering, quality local cask beers and excellent outdoor areas, including a south facing terrace.

"With over 160 years’ experience of championing the pub as the focal point of the community, we look forward to maintaining the character of the pub while at the same time developing the offering in partnership with our tenant, James Sleeman.

"James is an experienced operator with the knowledge and ability to create a warm welcome and exceptional experiences for all guests to this historic and well-loved pub.”

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