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Pizzaiolo takes on Greene King Pub Partners site after £300,000 investment

A Pizzaiolo has taken on his first pub in the UK through Greene King Pub Partners.

Claude Camilleri – whose pizzas have been ranked in Worldwide Pizza guide La Enciclopedia Della Pizza – has taken on The Old Mill in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire following a £300,000 joint investment with Greene King.

The Old Mill is the first pub the Pizzaiolo has opened and his first hospitality business in the UK, having operated two well-known pizzerias – called Margos – in Malta for over 17 years.

The joint investment between Greene King Pub Partners and Claude has been used to bring state of the art equipment into the pub.

The investment has also been used to transform some of the site into a deli and bakery for pub goers and local residents to use as a food shop.

The pub will serve the same authentic Neapolitan pizza as that of Claude’s pizzeria business in Malta, but with an English twist – using organic buffalo mozzarella from Hampshire and charcuterie including hams and sausages all prepared at the pub using British pork and beef.

It will also serve an impressive range of beers and other drinks. It will serve Italian lager Birra Moretti, as well as Icebreaker Pale Ale, Amstel, Orchard Thieves cider, Guinness and cask ales. The pub will also have an impressive wine offer to complement its great food, with all but one of its wines coming from European vineyards. Plus it will serve a range of spirits including limoncello as well as non-alcoholic and soft drink options.

Claude Camilleri, licensee for The Old Mill pub, said:

“When I visited Berkhamsted before, I fell in love with The Old Mill pub. As soon as the opportunity came to take it on, I just knew I had to pounce on it!

“Our joint investment with Greene King Pub Partners has enabled us to bring in the state-of-the-art kitchen equipment we need to serve our pizza. It has also enabled us to repurpose some of the pub’s space into a deli and bakery, so we can maximise alternative revenue streams for the pub business.” 

Wayne Shurvinton, Managing Director for Greene King Pub Partners, said:

“Partnering with the best operators and helping them to create a great pub business is what we are all about. Claude’s record and success speaks for itself and its great to be working with him.

“It is great to see entrepreneurs from outside the UK like Claude choosing the British pub – and Greene King Pub Partners – to expand their hospitality businesses abroad.” 

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Greene King Pub Partners:

About Greene King Pub Partners: Greene King is the UK’s largest pub company and brewer, with a history stretching back more than 200 years in its hometown of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. It currently employs around 40,000 people across its five divisions: Local Pubs; Destination Food Brands; Premium, Urban and Venture Brands; Pub Partners; and Brewing & Brands.

The Greene King Pub Partners division operates over 1000 leased, tenanted and franchise pubs across England, Scotland and Wales with independent business partners. In March 2021 it was recognised as the best leased and tenanted pub company at the Publican Awards, the 5th time Greene King Pub Partners has won the national industry award.


Press release from Greene King Pub Partners

Press Contact: Nick Lawrie Email: NickLawrie@greeneking.co.uk Tel: 07812 256245

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