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15th May 2012

Hall & Woodhouse grows public house estate

Dorset based Family Brewer Hall & Woodhouse has acquired four substantial freehold sites in as many months.  This is further progress towards its goal of leading the UK industry in brewing and hospitality and builds on such recent achievements as winning the Publican award for Best Tenanted/ Leased Pub Company, completing construction of a new £5 million brewery and successfully launching a flagship bar-restaurant in central Bath.

The acquisitions, two new-builds in Portishead and Melksham and two established operations in Bristol and Milford-on-Sea, extend the company’s managed estate along the south coast and up the Bristol Channel.

Overlooking the Portishead Quays Marina, Hall & Woodhouse (Portishead) will open in November.  The contemporary, new-build, two storey bar-restaurant will echo many of the design and service themes of Hall & Woodhouse (Bath).  Part of the new building will be constructed from 28 shipping containers to reflect the restaurant’s stunning dock-side location.  Continuing Hall & Woodhouse’s commitment to the communities in which it trades, part of the building will act as a marina club house, operating 24/7 and providing services to boats and crews, including staff accommodation, lounge areas, toilets and showers.

The new site in Milford-on-Sea was acquired in early May. Formally the Westover Hall Hotel it has been re-named The Beach House and re-positioned as a mid-scale pub-restaurant with rooms.  The new name reflects the incredible location, which overlooks the beach with amazing views of the needles, and the building’s history as the Siemens’ family holiday home.


The sites in Bristol and Melksham are also being positioned as mid-range pub-restaurants and are located on roundabouts adjacent to busy roads with high density surrounding populations.


Anthony Woodhouse, Managing Director at Hall & Woodhouse explains: “We are delighted to have secured these amazing sites.  Each location has been hand-picked for both their strong and sustainable trading potential and their ability to enhance the quality of our public house estate.  Our ability to acquire such sites is built on solid organic growth, our confidence in our public house concepts and the development of industry-leading people development, food quality and cost management processes.


“At the same time as confidently investing in our company’s infrastructure by building a new brewery and acquiring substantial public houses, we are ensuring that we develop the right teams to make our guests’ visit to one of our public houses the highlight of their day.  The Hall & Woodhouse Academy, our Bournemouth University BTEC in Leisure and Hospitality Management and the development of industry-leading recruitment, training, reward and communication processes underline our commitment to our teams.  Rarely a day passes when we don’t remind ourselves that it’s all about the people.”

Hall & Woodhouse has a growing pub estate with over 260 tenanted and managed houses stretching along the south coast from Devon to Kent.


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Background information:

Hall & Woodhouse remains an independent family brewer, owned and run by the fifth generation of the Woodhouse family.  In addition to brewing Badger Ales, the company’s growing pub estate includes more than 260 tenanted and managed houses that stretch along the south coast from Devon to Kent and includes the prestigious Hall & Woodhouse Bath, which the Mail on Sunday listed as one of the six places you should see when visiting the city.


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