Simon Bunn and Kris Gumbrell are continuing roll-out of their Brewhouse & Kitchen with new sites in Bournemouth, Gloucester and north London.
They are due to officially launch their sixth venue on June 22 after transforming a former tram shed close to Highbury & Islington Tube and Overground station. Formerly a pub called The Tram Shed, it will feature a long, sweeping bar, reclaimed seasoned wood and warm colours, setting off the copper beer tanks and weathered industrial features.
With a large microbrewery on site, it will have a capacity of 350 people plus another 80 in its front garden. It will offer house-brewed keg and cask beers and other British and international craft beers alongside wines and spirits.
Beers can be enjoyed in third-pint sizes and in taster flights to encourage matching with the menu of freshly cooked food which includes its signature beer-can chicken, rib-eye steaks, pan-fried sea bass, Sunday roasts and vegetarian dishes.
Three more Brewhouse & Kitchen pubs are due to open before the end of this year in Bournemouth, Southbourne in Dorset, and Gloucester Quays. The first opened in Portsmouth in March 2013, followed by Dorchester in Dorset, Islington in north London (pictured), Poole in Dorset, and Bristol.
Simon and Kris set the business up after working for the UK’s leading pub and bar operators: Simon was at Mitchells & Butlers, Whitbread and Scottish & Newcastle Retail and Kris was at Greene King and Scottish & Newcastle as well as chief executive of Convivial London Pubs.
Private equity firm IW Capital has provided development capital for expansion of Brewhouse & Kitchen under the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme.
With a team of on-site brewers at each pub, they offer beers named after the local area. At Highbury, the line-up includes No Fly Zone, No 19, The Goalscorer and Peasant’s Revolt.
Simon said: “Brewhouse & Kitchen Highbury is set to offer all the beer adventures of our first successful London pub in Islington, and much more. Our regulars can keep enjoying their favourite drinks and eats, and can also discover something different each time.”
It will host regular beer master classes and tutored tastings and also offers a Brewing Experience Day where participants get involved in the key stages of brewing from preparing the barley mash through to fermentation, followed by a beer tasting and lunch – plus a five-litre keg to take home.
Simon added: “Getting immersed in the beer-making experience – if simply to enjoy tasting better or to have some fun and learn hands-on techniques – has really put Brewhouse & Kitchen on the beer map.”