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1st November 2017

Charles Wells and Little Gems Country Dining announce joint venture


Charles Wells and Little Gems Country Dining, run by Steve Wilkins and Rachel Slater, have signed Head of Terms to form a joint venture to run a combination of the Little Gems and Charles Wells’ Apostrophe Pubs.  The Joint Venture will see Charles Wells taking a stake in Little Gems.


Little Gems runs the Park in Bedford, the Swan Inn in Milton Keynes Village, the Swan Inn in Denham and the Old Queen’s Head in Penn.


Charles Wells’ Apostrophe Pub estate comprises the d’Parys Hotel in Bedford, the Merlin’s Cave in Chalfont St Giles, Cox’s Yard in Stratford upon Avon and the Bull in Olney, which will be opening in early 2018.


Justin Phillimore, Chief Executive of Charles Wells comments: “I am really looking forward to working with Steve and Rachel. They bring with them enormous experience of growing and expanding successful food led businesses and I believe now is a great time for us to team up as I see the next couple of years will give rise to many good investment opportunities.”


Steve Wilkins, Managing Director of Little Gems Country Dining comments “Whilst it will be business as usual for our Little Gems, this is a really exciting opportunity for all of us. This partnership will not only open up new avenues for growth but also for the sharing of best practice, the pooling of skills, and will help ensure the future success across the board, both for Little Gems & Apostrophe Pubs.”





Note to Editors:


  • Interviews will be available from 31st October onwards. For further information or to book an interview about this news please contact Paul Hutchinson, Public Relations Manager, Charles Wells; 01234 279234 or 07714 247 040 or via email
  • Logos for Apostrophe and Little Gems Country Dining attached.


About Charles Wells:


  • Charles Wells has been crafting ales in the heart of Bedfordshire as a family brewery since 1876. While the brewing side of the business is currently undergoing an exciting evolution, looking to establish a new range of interesting regional beers, the brewery’s pub estate of almost 200 pubs and multiple managed houses across England and France continues to grow.
  • For all the latest on Charles Wells follow them on Facebook at or Twitter @WellsBrewery.


Further information:

Paul Hutchinson

Public Relations Manager

Charles Wells
T: 01234 279234

M: 07714 247040