Foundation Inns launches new bar and smokehouse brand

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Managed pub operator Foundation Inns is to launch a new craft beer bar and smokehouse/grill concept called Craft & Grill.

Opening today (August 27) in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, it will be the company’s first branded site, with plans to roll it out to further locations in the London suburbs and Home County towns if it proves a hit.

The site in the High Street, formerly restaurant and pub The Noble Vine, has a stripped-down, informal feel, with a bar offering over 30 craft beers as well as an upgraded coffee offering.

With two smokers installed in the kitchen, it will offer dishes such as smoked rack of ribs, brisket, chicken, and pulled pork as well as a range of burgers and steaks and pub classics such as fish and chips for “non smokers”.

The craft beer range will include cask, keg and bottled brands, rotated regularly to refresh the offer at the bar, which will also list a selection of bourbons, cocktails and mocktails.

Foundation Inns co-founder Ian Grundy said: “Craft & Grill is a concept we’ve spent some time developing and we’re pleased to be opening our first site.

“It’s very different to the other dining and drinking offers in Walton so we’re confident it will attract a lot of interest.

“The smoked meat-based menu and craft beer range complement each other perfectly and give fantastic opportunities for food and drink matching, in a truly casual dining environment.

“We see the opportunity to grow the Craft & Grill concept, in both fully branded and unbranded formats, if Walton proves to be as successful as we anticipate. We are well placed to expand quickly within suburban London and Home County towns.”

Ian set up Foundation Inns, part of an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), in 2007 with Gavin Drew. The pair also operate another EIS company, Flagstone Cask and Grill. They also operate four pubs in London and the south-east.
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