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Brucan Pubs says pandemic taught it that you need to diversify quickly

The Greyhound, Finchampstead

Brucan Pubs has taken its third site with Greene King Pub Partners.

The group, owned and operated by James Lyon Shaw and his business partner Jamie Dobbin, will manage The Greyhound in Finchampstead.

The pub has just reopened following a joint £500,000 investment which has transformed the interior and landscaped the large outdoor space.

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Three terraced levels feature heated pods and western-style wagons, a drinking terrace and a pergola covered eating area.

Mr Lyon Shaw said: “This is the third pub we have taken with Greene King Pub Partners since June 2018. Their values are aligned with ours so on that basis we have built a really good relationship and it made sense to seek out their pub opportunities.

“We learnt from the pandemic that you need to diversify quickly and that’s why we were keen to develop another premium village pub but with the additional trading areas like the terrace for drinking and the shop that provided for different needs.”

Since reopening the Greyhound, Brucan Pubs has created 40 new jobs.

It employs a total of 150 across the business with six apprentices within their three pubs with Greene King Pub Partners, which also includes The Greene Oak in Windsor and Drumming Snipe in Worthing.

Mike O’Connor, operations director at Greene King Pub Partners, said: “We have invested in excess of £500,000 with Brucan Pubs over the last 18 months both at the Drumming Snipe in Woking and most recently at the Greyhound.

“Working with a visionary business like Brucan Pubs ensures that these pubs have a long and successful future, establishing themselves firmly within their communities. We are encouraged by the way Brucan have invested in their people and what they are doing across  their three pubs and hope to enable them to grow their pub portfolio further.”

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