Pub chain buys iconic Southsea venue
A POPULAR pub chain that prides itself on brewing itsÂ own, unique craft beers on-site has announced that it has bought a second Portsmouth pub.Â
Brewhouse andÂ Kitchen hasÂ bought the White Horse in Southsea Terrace, Southsea.
The chain, which now has 22 pubs across the country, openedÂ the Brewhouse andÂ Kitchen in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, in 2013, after it took over the former Wetherspoon pub The White Swan.Â
The brand was set up byÂ Kris Gumbrell and Simon Bunn in 2011.Â
In a statement from the firm, they said: '˜We are delighted to have acquired this excellent pub, one which is in an amazing location with a to die forÂ garden.
'˜We are very excited to bring Brewhouse & Kitchen to the community in Southsea, especially as this venue comes to us with a huge amount of untapped potential.
'˜We started our journey in 2013, a short distance away in central Portsmouth and have found the area to be very welcoming, so we are looking forward to introducing our brewery and fresh food offering in the autumn.'Â
Brewhouse andÂ KitchenÂ has opened 17 pubs in the past two years. It has more than 400 employees and one of the largest award-winning beer portfolios in the world.
Simon and Kris said they saw an opportunity to acquire high-quality buildingsÂ due toÂ the pub industry facing challenging times.Â
The brand, which has been influenced by the growing trend of craft beer and speciality food,Â also has a pub on Highfield Lane, Southampton, as well as manyÂ more.Â