Popular village pub acquired by Butcombe as it continues to grow its estate around Bath

May 27, 2022

Fast-growing craft brewery and pub chain Butcombe has added to its estate in the Bath area by snapping up a popular village inn.

The Northey Arms in Box, pictured, which Butcombe has bought from family-run Wiltshire group OHH Pub Company, was described by the brewery as a “well-established and popular” pub. 

Butcombe said it would invest substantial capital into The Northey Arms, along with a second OHH pub it has acquired, The Rising Sun in Backwell, North Somerset, after incorporating it into its existing portfolio.

Butcombe was founded in 1978 by former managing director of Courage Western Simon Whitmore.

As well as its much-expanded brewery in Wrington, near Bristol, it operates a distribution and packaging facility in Polden, near Bridgwater.

Eighteen months ago it snapped up 21 hostelries across the South of England and the West Midlands from Wiltshire brewery and pub chain Wadworth, including The King’s Arms in Melksham.

These have been added to the 39-strong pub estate it already owned in Bath, Bristol, Somerset and the Mendips, including The Broad Street Townhouse and The Pig & Fiddle in Bath, The Old Crown Inn in Kelston and The Charlton Inn in Shepton Mallet. 

Jonathan Lawson, CEO of Butcombe’s Channel Islands-based parent group Liberation, said: “These two new sites are a great fit for us, both geographically and operationally and they offer an exciting opportunity for us to deliver our award-winning food, drink and hospitality experience to locals and visitors alike.

“We look forward to welcoming the teams on board and working closely with them to implement our ambitious plans. 

Thanks to OHH Company, headed up by Mark Warburton, they’re both well established and popular local pubs with excellent reputations.”

He said the acquisitions were in line with Butcombe Pubs & Inns’ longer-term strategy to expand its presence throughout the West Country via the acquisition of high-quality, predominantly freehold pubs capable of supporting a premium, food-led offering with accommodation.

OHH Pub Company was launched with one Bristol pub in the early 1980s by David & Sally Warburton. In 1984 they bought The Old House At Home in the Wiltshire village of Burton, near Castle Combe, turning it into an acclaimed food pub.

The couple’s son Mark now runs the business with the support of his brother Matthew, with its latest venture being The Cow & Sow, an all-day contemporary chophouse on Bristol’s Queen Square, which opened earlier this year. The sale of The Northey Arms and The Rising Sun leaves it with three outlets.


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