A popular Fylde pub has changed hands as a new pub company has launched in the North West.
Provincial Hotels and Inns has acquired the venues from the brewery Mitchell’s of Lancaster.
They include the Windmill Tavern at Salwick, the County Hotel in Carnforth and the Clarendon Hotel in Morecambe.
Provincial has been started by hospitality management specialists Onecall Hospitality, with backing from a small group of experienced London-based private investors.
The company, based in Burton on Kendal, is planning a series of further acquisitions over the next 18 months.
Mark Chambers of Onecall Hospitality, who is a Director at Provincial, said: “Provincial will be a unique brand with a range of distinctive hotels and inns.
“Our aim is to take iconic but under performing venues and breathe new life into them. Through a programme of refurbishment and restyling, and using our expertise in hospitality management, we will place them once again at the heart of their communities.”
Provincial will offer two types of inns – the Taps brand will be ‘proper pubs’ serving craft beers and a selection of bar snacks and nibbles, while the family venues will offer quality, value for money dining with exclusive table wines, coffee lounge and play areas. Meanwhile the hotels will be geared to local demand.
Mr Chambers, whose company Onecall manages pubs and hotels throughout the country, said: “The hotels will be community venues and cater to market demand, rather than following a set formula.” Kaushik Mistry, who owns the Slate Bar in Kendal, and joins as operations director of Provincial, added: “In addition to the investment in the properties, we will be providing tenants with marketing assistance and full support to grow their business.”
Mitchell’s is to focus on brewing and to grow its pub estate outside of Lancashire. It will retain the remaining 38 properties in its portfolio.