The team behind the Beckford Arms pub in Wiltshire is set to open a second site, the Talbot Inn in Mells, Somerset, after a £350,000 refurbishment.
Charlie Luxton and Dan Brod, who already run the Beckford Arms, which is the Good Pub Guide‘s current UK Dining Pub of the Year, have been joined by Matt Greenlees in running the pub.
Greenlees, who has been appointed general manager of the Talbot Inn, previously ran Babington House and has lived in Mells for the past six years. His wife Clare previously ran the Engineer pub in London's Primrose Hill.
The pub, which is on long leasehold with Lord Oxford, is due to open on 14 February at 6pm, when drinks and bar snacks will be served on the house.
Dan Brod said: "I believe passionately that pubs, albeit reinvented for today's era, should be at the core of the English village. Charlie, Matt and I are proud to be breathing new life into this magnificent pub in spite of the current economic climate, creating jobs for local people, encouraging visitors, but most importantly creating a wonderful place to serve great food and drink to local people."
Food at the pub will be overseen by head chef Pravin Nayar, while the pub will also offer eight bedrooms, and an in-house cinema on Sunday nights.
By Neil Gerrard
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