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2nd April 2024

Heartwood Collection acquires The Old Crown, Great Bookham

Heartwood Collection, the leading UK hospitality group backed by Alchemy Partners, has acquired The Old Crown, Great Bookham in Surrey as part of its continued growth and follows the acquisition of The Prince of Wales, East Barnet last week.

Located on the village’s High Street, The Old Crown dates back to the 1930’s and was built by Kingston brewery Hodgson’s. A landmark of the village, the pub will undergo an extensive multi-million pound refurbishment to create 150 covers in the enhanced bar and dining room and a further 50 covers in the large enclosed garden. The pub will feature Heartwood’s signature quirky welcoming style with cosy snugs, rich colour schemes and textures that reflect the history of the pub and the local area.

Guests will be able to enjoy Heartwood’s seasonally-changing menu which is developed in line with the Group’s ethos for delivering sustainable, fresh food. This sits neatly alongside a carefully selected wine list, cask ales, beers and cocktails.

Heartwood has the highest possible rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (Three stars) and also recently won ‘Best Food-Led Pub Group 2023’ at the Restaurant Magazine’s Awards

The acquisition of The Old Crown brings the total number of pubs operated by Heartwood Inns in Surrey to nine including The White Horse, Dorking, the Group’s first pub with rooms which opened in February 2024.

Richard Ferrier, CEO, Heartwood Collection, said:

“The Old Crown is a fantastic pub located in the beautiful Surrey village of Great Bookham. The pub will undergo a significant refurbishment to ensure that it remains a part of village life for many years to come.”

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Notes to editors

Heartwood Collection is the Group that operates 23 Heartwood Inns pubs and 14 Brasserie Blanc restaurants across the UK. Heartwood Collection’s current site portfolio is as follows:


The Barley Mow – Englefield Green, Surrey

The Black Horse – Thame, Oxfordshire

The Black Horse – Reigate, Surrey

The Black Swan – Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

The Boot – Histon, Cambridgeshire

The Britannia – Parkstone, Dorset

The British Queen – Locksbottom, Kent

The Cricketers – Cobham, Surrey

The Hare – Harrow Weald, Middlesex

The Highwayman – Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

The Jobber’s Rest – Upminster, Essex

The Jolly Farmer – Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

The King’s Arms – Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

The King’s Head – Teddington, Middlesex

The March Hare – Guildford, Surrey

The Oaks – Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset

The Plough & Harrow – Long Ditton, Surrey

The Queen’s Head – Weybridge, Surrey

The Quill & Scholar – Lichfield, Staffordshire

The Red Deer – Horsham, West Sussex

The Sun Inn – Chobham, Surrey

The White Bear – Ruislip, Middlesex

The White Horse – Dorking, Surrey

Upcoming openings:

The Rising Sun – Reading, Berkshire. Opening June 2024

The Ropemaker – Emsworth, Hampshire. Opening Summer 2024

The Coat & Bear – Newbury, Berkshire. Opening Summer 2024

The White Hart – Lewes, East Sussex. Opening Autumn 2024

The Royal Forest – Epping Forest, Essex. Opening Autumn 2024

The Prince of Wales – East Barnet, London. Opening late 2024


Brasserie Blanc Restaurants

London – Chancery Lane

London – Fulham Reach

London – Southbank

London – Threadneedle Street





Hale Barns


Milton Keynes





Heartwood Collection is backed by Alchemy Partners. recently announced news that Heartwood Collection recently secured an additional £100m of funding from its owner Alchemy Partners and its banking partner OakNorth to support the Group’s continued growth in freehold pubs and freehold pubs-with-rooms.

Heartwood Inns has been awarded the Best Managed Pub Group and Best Operations Team Awards at the Publican Awards 2024 alongside the R200 Best Food-Led Pub Group Awards. It has been shortlisted for four Casual Dining Awards including Best Pub Group and Best Employer.

Press Contact

For any media enquiries please contact Emma Martin: / 020 3166 2727

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