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August 1, 2022

Shepherd Neame acquires three pubs in Essex

The independent pub operator now owns 303 pubs and hotels across the South East.

UK-based independent pub operator Shepherd Neame has announced the acquisition of three pubs in Essex for an undisclosed sum.

The pubs that are included in the deal are The Bellhouse in Leigh-on-Sea, The Exchange in Southend-on-Sea and The Hamlet Court in Westcliff-on-Sea. All three of the acquired pubs were previously part of the East Anglia Pub Company portfolio.

Located in Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, The Bellhouse is a large pub and restaurant that offers contemporary and classic dishes.

The Exchange pub, situated in Southchurch Village, Southend-on-Sea, serves a home-cooked menu of pub classics and light bites.

The Hamlet Court is located in the centre of Westcliff-on-Sea and offers a menu of traditional dishes.

With these acquisitions, Shepherd Neame now holds 303 pubs and hotels across Kent, London and the South East.

Together with last month’s acquisition of the Urban Reef in Bournemouth, this deal supports the further expansion of the Shepherd Neame estate.

Shepherd Neame Pubs managing director Jonathon Swaine said: “Following the strong company performance revealed in our latest Trading Update at the end of June, we have been actively looking for opportunities to grow and develop our high-quality estate and are delighted to expand our presence in Essex with these unique properties.

“We are incredibly excited about the purchase of these unique, characterful venues. We look forward to working with the teams at each of the sites to build on their successful reputation and ensure that they continue to go from strength to strength.”

After Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, restaurants and pubs in Ireland resumed indoor service last July.

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