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5th March 2024

Brakspear reopens second pub with award-winning operator Little & Large

The Leicester Arms in Penshurst, Kent, has reopened following a £1.2 refurbishment by owners Brakspear in partnership with the Little & Large Pub Company, who also run the award-winning Running Horses, a Brakspear pub at the foot of Box Hill in Surrey.

The redevelopment, overseen by Brakspear’s in-house design team, has retained the charm and character of the Grade II listed building, while creating a relaxed environment for informal drinking and dining. At the same time, the pub’s 11 en-suite bedrooms have been upgraded to offer top-quality boutique hotel-style accommodation.

Menus at The Leicester Arms offer delicious, quality food to suit a range of tastes and occasions, with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients. Steaks from the Robata grill served with a variety of sauces and sides are the highlight of the à la carte menu, which also features fish, chicken and a selection of interesting starters and desserts. The Sunday menu focuses on roasts, and there are also value-conscious menus including a set lunch every day at £25 for two courses and a Steak Night every Wednesday at £30 for three courses.

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: “We were happy to invest in The Leicester Arms and create a pub where Little & Large can work their magic! They’ve proven themselves to be fantastic operators at The Running Horses, so we look forward to seeing their second Brakspear pub become a similar success.”

He added: “We have many stunning pubs in beautiful locations across the south east, but they are only ever as good as the business partners who run them. Working with talented operators is key to our success, and we’re delighted to have extended our relationship with Little & Large.”

Little & Large took on The Running Horses, at the foot of Box Hill near Dorking, in early 2022, and turned the pub into one of the stars of Brakspear’s leased and tenanted estate. In 2023 it was named overall winner in the National Pub & Bar Awards.


Notes to editors:

Brakspear has around 110 leased and tenanted pubs, and a further 10 in its managed division, Honeycomb Houses. Most of its pubs are based in the south-east, with an estate stretching from Dover and the south coast up to the Cotswolds. Its head office is based in Henley-on-Thames.

Little & Large Pub Company was founded in 2019 by Manu Bhatt and currently run alongside Richard Brown, who both have a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry across hotels, restaurants and pubs. In addition to its two pubs with Brakspear, the company also runs The Queens Head in Dorking and The Talbot in Brockley, south east London.  At all their pubs, the focus is on serving great food and drink in a relaxed environment, with the highest standards of service. The Running Horses was named overall winner at the National Pub & Bar Awards 2023.

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By:ShielPorter Communications

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