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3rd April 2019

The Beautiful Pubs Collective set to revive Leicester pub

The Knight & Garter, part of the Beautiful Pubs Collective's existing portfolio

The Beautiful Pubs Collective, founded by Leicester’s Sam Hagger, are set to revive the King Richard III pub on Highcross Street, Leicester.

The pub has sat empty since January 2019. It is being taken over by the independent Beautiful Pubs Collective under the leadership of Sam Hagger, who was named Small Business Executive of the Year as well as overall Leicestershire Business Executive of the Year at the Leicester Mercury’s 2018 Business Executive Awards 2018. The group has made its name by spotting the potential in under-performing pubs and redeveloping them with an unwavering eye on quality in terms of offer, service and finish.

Works are already underway in a joint £110,000 redevelopment, with the investment being shared between the Beautiful Pubs Collective and the pub’s freehold owner, Everards of Leicestershire. Hagger is keeping his cards close to his chest at the moment and will not be drawn on the concept for the refurbished venue. However, he is keen to insist that there will be no duplication between his company’s new venture and their other Beautiful pubs.

“You can expect a stunning pub, offering multiple reasons to visit under one roof” smiled Hagger. “Despite the current political and economic uncertainties there has never been a better time to invest in Leicester. I believe the King Richard III is the perfect opportunity for us to create a unique, exciting venue in the heart of the city, alongside our forward-thinking property partner.”

The revival of the King Richard III will give existing members of the Beautiful Pub Collective new opportunities to flourish in their careers, as well as creating five full time and five part time jobs.

Work on the venue is expected to be completed by mid May, and more information about the new concept driving the development will be released in due course.


Established in 2008, The Beautiful Pubs Collective is a proudly independent business operating pubs in & around Leicester.

The business is led by Sam Hagger, a self-styled food, service & pub enthusiast who was born & raised in Leicester. Sam believes that pubs should be as wonderfully unique as the guests that visit them, so each of the pubs offerings are completely different. The common thread that ties them together is the exceptionally high standards & the teams’ passion for great food, drink & service.

The Collective currently consists of The Forge Inn at Glenfield, The Rutland & Derby on Millstone Lane & Leicestershire’s current County Pub of the Year according to the National Pub & Bar Awards; the Knight & Garter on Hotel Street.

For more information, interview and photo opportunities, please contact Laura Hadland of Thirst Media at or 07465 2212 64

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For more information, interview and photo opportunities, please contact Laura Hadland of Thirst Media at or 07465 2212 64