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24th September 2012

Brakspear set to own top London food pub

Brakspear will become the owner of one of London’s top food pubs following the acquisition of the freehold of The Malt House, an iconic Fulham site. The pub has been let to Jolly Fine Restaurants Ltd, owners of the twice Michelin-starred Hibiscus restaurant and the Fox & Grapes gastropub in Wimbledon.

The Malt House, just off Fulham Road, is a large corner site, dating back to 1729.  It is set to receive a £750,000 refurbishment, funded jointly by Brakspear and Jolly Fine Restaurants, which is owned by Claude Bosi. Tom Davies, Brakspear chief executive, said, “The Malt House is a landmark west London site with enormous potential. By partnering with one of the most talented and well-known restaurateurs in the business, we are confident of turning it into an outstanding food pub with letting bedrooms.”

He added, “Despite the challenges faced by our industry, there are still plenty of diners in London seeking out innovative, quality food.  The Malt House is in a prime location to capture these customers and we are looking forward to opening our doors to them.”

The Malt House is now shut for refurbishment, reopening within several months with an estimated 100 covers and six new letting bedrooms.

Brakspear purchased The Malt House from Spirit.  It is the company’s sixth acquisition in the last two months, following a string of purchases in the southern Home Counties and the Cotswolds. The Brakspear estate now numbers 147 pubs.

Caption: Tom Davies, Brakspear chief executive, outside The Malt House in Fulham, the company’s latest acquisition


Notes to editors:

  • Brakspear as it exists today was formed in 2006 when the Brakspear family sold its interest in the company’s 100+ pubs to JT Davies, who owned 50 pubs.  Most of the 147 pubs in the combined estate are now branded Brakspear and sell Brakspear beers. The Davies family is closely involved in running the business.


  • The company’s heartland is in and around Henley-on-Thames, Reading, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Middlesex and up the M4 corridor into London. The estate’s furthest reaches are Northampton to the north, Chichester to the south, Dover to the east and Salisbury to the west.


Issued on behalf of:          Brakspear

By:                                     ShielPorter Communications

Further information:          Ros Shiel

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