Brewhouse & Kitchen is set to expand to its 18th site after buying a pub in central Cardiff – the home town of its co-founder, Kris Gumbrell.
It has acquired the freehold of Y Mochyn Du pub on the edge of Sophia Gardens, marking the company’s first move into Wales. It will be refurbished and reopen as a Brewhouse & Kitchen next year, with a microbrewery on site.
The new premises are next door to Glamorgan Cricket Club’s ground and the Sport Wales National Centre and a 10-minute walk to the Millennium Stadium and city-centre shops.
While it will be branded as a Brewhouse & Kitchen pub, Kris said they were adamant that the pub’s strong identity with its Welsh heritage continued to thrive.
“As a Welshman, I am looking forward to bringing what we do to this vibrant and unique market. As well as brewing more unique beers, we will be looking to work with some of the great craft brewers in the south Wales area.
“Apart from its location, one of the other very special features of this business is that it is a bilingual pub. Brewhouse & Kitchen are committed to maintaining this important cultural link, our signage, printed media and website will all be bilingual.”
Founded by Kris with Simon Bunn in 2011 with a pub in Portsmouth, it now has sites across England including Bedford, Bristol, Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Chester, Dorchester, Gloucester, Lichfield, London, Nottingham, Poole, Southampton, Southbourne, Sutton Coldfield and Wilmslow.
The corporate and commercial team of law firm Joelson assisted Brewhouse & Kitchen to help the company acquire the freehold on the property.Its corporate and commercial partner Phil Hails-Smith said: “Brewhouse & Kitchen has seen fantastic growth in recent years, growing from a single location six years ago to a business with pubs across the country.
“We have a long history of supporting businesses in the hospitality and food and drink sectors with acquisitions, thanks to our different areas of expertise in the firm. We have worked with Kris and Simon Bunn from the very beginning with Brewhouse, helping them to grow throughout the UK and are glad that with our continued help Brewhouse & Kitchen continues to expand with their first acquisition in Wales.”