Adnams Brewery pub rescued by high-flying hotel and leisure group

A popular Essex pub which faced an uncertain future is set for a massive overhaul after being taken over by Flying Trade Group.

The future of The Bricklayers in Colchester was thrown into uncertainty in July 2017 when its long-standing landlords opted not to renew the lease on the Adnams Brewery-owned pub.

But the once buzzing pub is now looking forward to a new lease of life under the ownership of Flying Trade Group, which has plans to renovate the site.

Specialist real ales and guest ales, as well as ‘hearty traditional food’, will be at the heart of Flying Trade’s plans as it sets about turning the pub’s fortunes around.

Bricklayers will now close for a few weeks as cleaning and refurbishment work is carried out and is set to re-open its doors on Friday January 26.

Suki Dulai, CEO of Flying Trade Group, said: “We are delighted to bring The Bricklayers Arms into our portfolio and support yet another great local business which has big potential. Our aim is to offer fantastic food and specialist real ale along with ever changing guest beers to give our customers real choice.”

Flying Trade Group has its headquarters in Harwich and is the parent company behind Surya Hotels, Surya Foods and Flying Trade Leisure.

The company’s Flying Trade Leisure division has several interests in the Essex area, owning the popular seaside venues Tom Peppers, The Cellar and The Loft in Clacton.

It also recently invested thousands of pounds in a central Colchester Coffee House/Archaeological Exhibit – Claudius Gateway Museum.

Built around significant archaeological ruins, including remnants of the ancient Roman Temple of Claudius, all proceeds generated from the tourist attraction are ploughed into good causes through Flying Trade Group’s company charity World Food Aid.

The rapidly-expanding, family-run business boasts an annual turnover in excess of £100m and an employee base of more than 1,400, operating in over 30 countries.